Resource Spotlight: CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) Complete

by Katie McLean on 2019-07-17T10:58:00-03:00 in Resource Spotlight, Searching, Social Work, Occupational Therapy /Physiotherapy/Recreation Therapy, Rehabilitation, Nutrition & Diet Therapy, Nursing | Comments

UPDATED: July 17, 2019. Original Post: February 1, 2017.

If you’ve ever tried to loosen a screw with a nail file or pop a wine bottle cork using a screwdriver, you know it’s easier when you have the right tool for the job. It’s the same when looking for information. It helps to search in a database that is built for your specific subject and/or discipline. If your research and/or practice area is nursing, rehabilitation, social work, dietetics or another allied health discipline, consider using CINAHL® Complete

CINAHL® retrieves information about articles from more than 5,000 journals, from 1937 to the present. Since the focus of the database is nursing and allied health literature, articles are tagged with preferred terms that reflect the language used in these disciplines. These tags, a form of controlled vocabulary, are called CINAHL® Subject Headings. Searching with CINAHL® subject headings will return more relevant results.

This short tutorial will help you get started using CINAHL® subject headings:


For more guidance on searching in CINAHL® Complete, view the tutorials on EBSCO’s CINAHL® Databases Training site or contact Library Services

Lana MacEachern

Library Technician
Aberdeen Regional Hospital, Northern Zone

Katie McLean

Librarian Educator, Education & Outreach
Dickson Building, Central Zone

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