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CINAHL Tutorial: Modules 1-6

A series of modules that provide instruction for searching the CINAHL database.

What is CINAHL?

Tutorial Contents:

Module 1: Introduction & Access

Module 2: Keyword Searching

Module 3: Subject Headings

Module 4: Limiting Your Search

Module 5: Managing Citations

Module 6: Finding Full Text Articles


The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) is the single most comprehensive database for the literature of nursing. This tutorial is divided into six parts covering various aspects of learning to search the CINAHL database. You may follow the progression of the tutorials as listed or you may pick and choose the parts of interest. Find a YouTube playlist here.

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If you have any questions, please contact the Health Sciences Librarians, Melanie Dixson & Niki Kirkpatrick.

Module 1 — Introduction & Access (2 min, 34 sec)

Module 2 — Keyword Searching (4 min, 35 sec)

Module 3 — Subject Headings (7 min, 8 sec)

Module 4 — Limiting Your Search (5 min, 9 sec)

Module 5 — Managing Citations (5 min, 22 sec)

Module 6 — Finding Full Text Articles (5 min, 4 sec)