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CINAHL Subject Headings

by Laura Mounce on 2022-05-24T08:30:00-03:00 in Research skills, Resource Spotlight | Comments

UPDATED: May 16, 2022. Original Post: February 1, 2017.

CINAHL® Complete is an important database for nurses and allied health professionals. It indexes more than 5,400 journals and provides full text for more than 1,400 journals. Whether you are working or conducting research in these fields, CINAHL® Complete is full of valuable information resources. To get the most out of your CINAHL® Complete experience, try searching this database using subject headings.

CINAHL® Subject Headings are controlled vocabulary used to describe the main topics of each article. Using subject headings in your searches will give you fewer search results, but your results will be more relevant.

Click through the images below and learn how to find the appropriate subject heading(s) for your research topic(s).

For more information about CINAHL® Complete’s Subject Headings, visit:

Using the CINAHL/MeSH Subject Headings Feature in EBSCOhost – Tutorial

CINAHL Subject Headings – Frequently Asked Questions

Using CINAHL/MeSH Subject Headings

For more guidance on searching in CINAHL® Complete, book a one-on-one consultation with a Library Services team member, or reach out to us with your questions: AskLibrary@nshealth.ca.

Laura Mounce

Librarian Educator
Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Western Zone


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