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Advanced searching in CINAHL

Select 'Play' on image below to learn how to:

  • create a PICO concept map
  • conduct a comprehensive search in Medline & CINAHL using both subject headings and keywords.

Table of Contents and Menu available within the tutorial.

This type of searching is also applicable to Embase, PsycINFO & AMED although these databases use different Subject Heading systems with differing functionality.

Further step-by-step instructions:

Save & manage your results

Sign in at the top right corner to create a personalised folder for saving results, searches, persistent links to searches, and search or journal alerts.

Before you can print, email, save or export your results, you will need to save them to a folder:

  • Add one item by clicking the folder icon next to the article title. This will add a single selected item to your folder.
  • All all the items on one page by clicking the Share link and then Results (1-50) at the top of the menu. This will add all the items listed on the page to your folder.

Cinahl folder page with Share and Results highlighted

  • As soon as you start adding items a "Folder has items" message appears to the right of the screen. Once you have finished selecting and saving your results, click on Folder view.

Folder has items message, showing folder view.

  • A page will display your selected records. Now you can choose to print, email, save or export your selected results.
  • Use the Help link in the top right side of the screen for further assistance.

Find full text - CINAHL

Click La Trobe's Find Full Text link to get to full text resources held by the Library. If not successful:

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