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Getting the Most Out of CINAHL: Searching

An overview of using CINAHL to find information on nursing and allied health disciplines.

Before You Begin...

Searching CINAHL will be much easier if you have established your research question beforehand. Once you have determined your question, do the following:

1. Identify the keywords that represent the main concepts of your research question. Here are some types of keywords that you may want to include:

  • Diseases or problems being addressed
  • Diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions, or practice changes being considered
  • Outcomes that should happen

2. Identify other ways to state your keywords. For example, "high blood pressure" can also be referred to as "hypertension."

CINAHL Databases: Basic Searching

CINAHL Databases: Advanced Searching

Accessing Full-Text

To get the full article within CINAHL look for PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text  links.

If these links are not available, click on the Find It button which will direct you to the following:

  • A page with a link to an electronic version of the article if it is available from UH Manoa Library;
  • A page with a link to a request form to get the item through Interlibrary Loan if the article is not available
    • You will need to sign in with your UH username and password in order to display the link

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