Guide to CINAHL Complete / About CINAHL Complete
WHAT IS CINAHL COMPLETE?
EBSCO CINAHL Complete is an essential tool for nursing research and provides indexing of the top nursing and allied health literature available, including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association.
This guide reviews how to search CINAHL Complete and save articles.
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Searching
SEARCHING IN CINAHL COMPLETE
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Subject Terms
KEYWORDS VS SUBJECT TERMS
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Systematic Reviews
CINAHL contains many systematic reviews published in journals.
Once you have set up your search, here is how you can limit your results to only systematic reviews in CINAHL:
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Randomized Controlled Trials
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS
Randomized controlled trials are the studies commonly used to support systematic reviews and are a high level of evidence. They are usually one of the easiest study types to find in any nursing or medical database.
Once you have set up your search, here is how you can limit your results to only randomized controlled trials:
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Cohort Studies
Cohort studies are a type of longitudinal study, or observational study, that analyze risk factors by following groups that share a common characteristic or experience over time. Since these studies have a long-term component, they promote a better quality of evidence than a shorter study. There are also fewer of them, and they can be harder to find.
Here is an example of a search for a cohort study in CINAHL:
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Case Studies
A case study, or case report, is a research method involving a detailed investigation of a single individual or a single organized group. Case studies may be prospective (in which criteria are established and cases fitting the criteria are included as they become available) or retrospective (in which criteria are established and cases are selected from historical records for inclusion in the study).
Once you have set up your search, here is how you can limit your results to only case studies:
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Other Filters
CINAHL offers a number of filters or limiters that can help you find only specific types of studies.
Scroll down the page below the search boxes to locate these filters or limiters. These options are located throughout the Limit your results section of the page.
This filter can be used to find articles that are clinically sound. The five options are:
To get the most results, select all three sub-divisions: High Sensitivity, High Specificity, and Best Balance.
Select your options by scrolling the box and clicking your choice to highlight.
Hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple options.
This limiter box allows you to select specific article types. We've already shown how to use this limiter for systematic reviews and case studies; other useful publication types for evidence-based practice include Clinical Trial and Meta Analysis.
Select an option by finding it in the list and clicking on it (it will then be highlighted).
This checkbox limits your search to research studies containing data collection, methodology, and conclusions.
Click the check box below Research Article to select this option.
Using this limiter will limit your results to EBP research articles, including clinical trials, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews, as well as articles from EBP journals and about EBP.
Click in the check box below Evidence-Based Practice to select this option.
Note: With this limiter, you will need to evaluate your results to determine what type of evidence each article contains.
Guide to CINAHL Complete / Tutorials