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The purpose of this guide is to highlight resources in Nursing, and to provide links to Internet resources in the field.

Finding Nursing Articles in CINAHL

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the major database for finding articles in nursing and other allied health fields. Start by entering one or more terms for your topic in the search box below OR connect through the Library to CINAHL's main page.


After you enter your search term(s) in the search box for CINAHL and press the Search CINAHL Plus button, you should see a  screen that looks something like the image on the right. -----> 

The orange labels indicate those parts of the Search Results screen that will be most useful in helping you find an article you can use.

Make sure to look for our FIND IT article link when you do not see a PDF. This is your plan B for getting full text for an article.

Be sure to use other parts (AKA filters) ,that are to the left of the sidebar, of your search results page to better focus what you find. Such as limiting your results to: Publication Date, Subject: Major Heading, Age, and Gender.

CINAHL Tutorials for more help:

Finding Articles in PubMed

PubMed is one of the most-used and respected biomedical databases that encompasses many medical topics such as: biology, medicine, health, psychology, nursing, rehabilitation, veterinary sciences, etc. Connect with PubMed through the library to go to the main search page.

Things to note on the main page of PubMed:

Pubmed main page- advanced search, log in to free NCBI account, clinical queries for clinical trials, and MeSH term search

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed.

Meaning that if one of your search terms is "Patient Education" then you should search "Patient Education" in the MeSH database to see how PubMed will interpret your term. Not everyone uses the same definitions and the same context, so understanding how your words will be searched gives you a better understanding of what your results may be.

When I search "Patient Education" in MeSH, this is what I get: