What is CINAHL?
The Advanced Search in CINAHL looks for a combination of significant words connected by operators (AND, OR).
1. To meet the criteria for your assignment, please limit your search to nursing author(s) by selecting the CINAHL limiter, "Any Author is Nurse".
2. On the search box, type your nursing specialty. For example, travel nursing
3. Click the SEARCH button to run the search.
4. On the Results Page, to meet the criteria for your assignment, please limit your search to the last five years (2015 to 2020) and "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" Use the limiters located on the left side of the page.
TIP: If there are many citations, consider limiting your search by Geography (i.e. limit the search to the United States) or add more words to your search (e.g. career). If there are too few citations, contact us for questions!
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CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is designed specifically for academic institutions and is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database, with more than 8,500 full text periodicals, including 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database, produced by EBSCO, features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in searchable PDF format. NOTE: Some articles indexed in this database are not available as full text.
Academic Search Complete uses an asterisk (*) to replace an unlimited number of letters follow a word root and a question mark (?) to replace a single character inside a word.
Academic Search Complete uses: AND, OR, NOT
AND: Finds records that contain both words, although not necessarily in the same sentence or in the given order. AND ties the two concepts together and provides a more narrow search than just a single word alone.
OR: Finds records that contain either word or both words. Use OR for synonymous or related terms; this broadens the search.
NOT: Finds records that contain the first word and that do not contain the second word.
The default order of operations is performed from the left to the right. Control you search terms and operators by developing an advanced search strategy with multiple operators, grouping or "nesting" terms joined with OR inside parentheses:
(AIDS OR HIV) AND (treatment OR therapies)
Enclose search terms inside quotation marks ("medical insurance") to ensure that your search terms will appear in the exact order in the search results.
You can use proximity operators to search for two or more words that occur within a specified number of words (or fewer) of each other. The proximity operators are composed of a letter (N or W) and a number (to specify the number of words). The proximity operator is placed between the words that are to be searched, as follows:
Near Operator (N): N5 finds the words if they are within five words of one another regardless of the order in which they appear.
medicare N2 supplements
Within Operator (W): W3 finds the words if they are within three words of one another and in the order in which you entered them.
aneurysm W3 (brain OR head )
The default fields for unqualified searches consist of the following: all authors, all subjects, all keywords, all title info (including source title) and all abstracts. Field specific searches may be performed on the following fields: All text, Author, Title, Subject terms, Abstract, Journal name, Age Group, and more!
Limit results by date, publication type, number of pages, peer-reviewed, and more!