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Nursing: Search Tutorials

A collection of resources for faculty and undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Introducing CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete is the premier nursing database. These tutorials demonstrate the most useful features of CINAHL. Note that while these tutorials use CINAHL, most of the features will work in the same way on other EBSCOhost databases such as, Biomedical Reference Collection, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.

CINAHL Headings

CINAHL Headings (6:05) 
This tutorial shows how to use CINAHL Headings. CINAHL Headings are descriptive tags that medical librarians have attached to articles indexed in CINAHL. They search for articles about the concept we are searching for, rather than occurrences of keywords. CINAHL Headings are based on MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), but contains more nursing and allied-health related terms in addition to the MeSH terms.In EBSCOhost, the method for searching MeSH is identical to that for searching CINAHL Headings. 

Doing a Quick Search with CINAHL Headings (2:08)

Occasionally we want to do a quick search to pick up a couple of articles on a topic of interest. CINAHL Headings can help.Search using a CINAHL Heading for the main concept and then add keywords and other limiters to focus the results.

CINAHL Advanced Search

Advanced Search Options

Explains some of the less-used advanced search options. 

Advanced Search (6:15) 

The Advanced Search tutorial covers the following:

  • Advanced keyword search options
  • Truncation
  • Limiting searches

OVID Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews

OVID EBMR Tutorial (5:49)

Basic Search (5:46) 

This tutorial shows how to use OVID's Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews.

Note that the search techniques shown here will work for OVID Medline as well. 

Grey Literature Site/Domain Searching

Literature Review - Keys to a successful search

This video demonstrates how to use SPORTDiscus to do a literature review search. The techniques shown can be transferred to CINAHL. 

Boolean Search

Boolean Search -- Boolean search uses AND, OR, and NOT to help focus search results. 

Searching using AND (1:29)

Searching using OR (2:40)

Searching using NOT (3:23)

Managing Research

Managing Research

If you are working on a major research project, or on research that extends over a longer period of time, CINAHL offers a number of tools that will help you manage your research. 

Saving Searches (1:32) vimeo
Save searches, so you can come back later and resume working with them.

Using EBSCOhost's search history (3:03vimeo

The search history in EBSCOhost databases offers powerful tools for working with searches that are especially suited to systematic searching. This tutorial demonstrates the basic methods and offers some tips to streamline the process.

EndNote Removing Duplicate References

Removing Duplicate References - a brief tutorial (1:45) vimeo
Note that while the colour scheme of EndNote has changed since this video was created, the procedure for removing duplicates is the same.

Removing Duplicate References while Maintaining Original Groups - (Tucker Medical Library)

Other Search Functions

Forward Citation Searching (Cited References Search)  using Google Scholar and Web of Science
Cited reference searching is used when looking for newer research that has cited a key article. It also shows how frequently an article has been cited, one indicator of the article's importance or influence. 

Finding an Article from a Reference 

Creating a Journal Publication Alert in EBSCOhost - If there's a journal that's central to your research, you can set up an alert that will notify you each time a new issue is published.

Forward Citation Searching

Forward Citation Searching (Cited References Search)  using Google Scholar through the library website.
Forward citation searching, also known as cited reference searching, is used when looking for newer research that has cited a key article. It also shows how frequently an article has been cited, one indicator of the article's importance or influence. For example, the original article in the image below was published in 2016. We can find other articles of interest for our research by seeing who has quoted the original 2016 article. 

forward citation searching