Cinahl – tips for Searching

Cinahl is a nursing specialist database. It can help you to find good quality research and evidence, focused on nursing topics. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you to use it effectively.

Use Quotes
When searching with your own keywords, always put phrases (more than one word) in double quotation marks "  " eg “high blood pressure”. This will help to focus your search to that specific phrase.

Use Truncation
Use truncation after the stem of a word to ensure that you get singular and plurals of words and other variations, eg nurs* gives you nurse, nurses and nursing. This helps you to expand your search to include variations of your keywords.

Use the Thesaurus
Always back up your keyword search with a thesaurus search (CINAHL headings). Thesaurus terms are added to articles, like an index in a book. This increases the likelihood of you finding articles about that topic. It can also help you to find more technical terms for your keywords. For example you could use the phrase “high blood pressure” as well as the thesaurus term hypertension.

Screen-shot of an example thesaurus search

Combine Search Terms
You can combine similar terms using OR eg “high blood pressure” OR hypertension

You can combine different concepts using AND, eg “high blood pressure” AND diabetes

Add Limits
You can add limits to the last line of your search if you want to filter the number of results, for example by Date or Language. This can help you focus your search. On the left of the Cinahl results page, find Limit To and click the Show More link underneath for all the limit options.

Screen-shot of the Limit Options


For more help using Cinahl try our etutorial Using Cinahl.

TRIP Pro for NHS Users

The NHS subscription to TRIP Pro has been renewed for 2017. All NHS staff can access the professional version of the TRIP databases via the NHS network.

The TRIP database helps you to find good quality, evidence-based, healthcare information. Content includes:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Evidence-based synopses
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Regulatory guidance
Your pro subscription also gives you access to extra systematic reviews, clinical trials, medical images and videos as well as advanced functions on the website.

Don’t forget that you need to be logged onto the NHS network to be able to access the pro version.

New Training Dates Jan-Mar 2017

Why not start the new year by refreshing or updating your skills?

Check our training programmes for Jan-Mar 2017. You can sign-up to:

  • Health Essentials Online
  • Literature Searching with Databases
  • Evidence-based Databases
  • Rapid Critical Appraisal
  • Refworks (Keele only)

Training sessions are delivered at the Health Library by professional librarians. Sessions include lots of opportunity for hands-on learning.

You can book online or contact our training team.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: January 9, 2017

Journal Added – CK Global
Clinical Skin Cancer (2016 to present); ISSN: 2405-8645; Package/Collection: Dermatology; https://www.clinicalkey.com/dura/browse/journalIssue/24058645
Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global
Exam review and preparation resources are being retired from ClinicalKey. Below is the list of removals for this month, along with recommended alternatives to which your patrons can refer for excellent coverage.
  • Cardiac Imaging: Case Review Series (Reddy, Gautham) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780323065191; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Cardiac Imaging: The Requisites
  • Crush Step 3 CCS (Movalia, Mayur) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781455723744; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Recommended alternative – Clinical Examination
  • Duke Review of MRI Principles: Case Review Series (Mangrum, Wells) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781455700844; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Fundamentals of Body MRI
  • Elsevier’s Integrated Review Pharmacology (Kester, Mark) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780323074452; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Recommended alternative – Pharmacology Condensed
  • Emergency Radiology: Case Review Series (Mirvis, Stuart) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323049573; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Emergency Radiology: The Requisites
  • Faust’s Anesthesiology Review (Murray, Michael) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781437713695; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology; Recommended alternative – Basics of Anesthesia
  • Gastrointestinal Imaging: Case Review (Low, Vincent) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323087216; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites
  • Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics (Miller, Mark) 7th ed; ISBN: 9780323355179; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Essentials; Recommended alternative – Orthopedic Secrets
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging: Case Review Series (Yu, Joseph) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323341356; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound: Case Review Series (Reuter, Karen) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781455743759; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Gynecologic Ultrasound: A Problem-Based Approach
  • Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology (Rosenthal, Ken) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323069380; Package/Collection: Medical Education Extended; Recommended alternative – Basic Immunology
  • Rapid Review Pathology (Goljan, Edward) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323087872; Package/Collection: Medical Education Extended; Recommended alternative – Wheater’s Basic Pathology
  • Robbins and Cotran Review of Pathology (Klatt, Edward) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781455751556; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Recommended alternative – Robbins Basic Pathology
  • Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery (Velasco, Jose) 5th ed; ISBN: 9781437717914; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended; Recommended alternative – Abernathy’s Surgical Secrets
  • Spine Imaging: Case Review Series (Saraf-Lavi, Efrat) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781455751167; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Recommended alternative – Imaging of the Spine