Health and Life Sciences databases on the EBSCO supplier platform include CINAHL (nursing), AMED (some physiotherapy content), SportDiscus (good for sports injury topics).
For Health Economics, EconLit and Business Source Premier are worth consulting.
There is a collection of Education databases on EBSCO.
Use the search screen to build up a search line-by-line. CINAHL has medical subject headings (MH): these are similar to the headings in Medline. You can also use freetext keywords which occur in the article or article description.
Then connect the search lines using Boolean logic.
See the next tab at the top for a sample search including video clip (on CINAHL).
Watch the Panopto Video above for a sample search on the CINAHL database. Includes sub-titles.
Sample search using CINAHL: outline
You can use your own topic or follow the sample search below.
Sample search: "Community mental health nursing and postnatal depression"
On the main search page in CINAHL:
Keep box for "Suggest Subject Headings" ticked before entering your first term in the search bar
2. Next term: "Community mental health nursing". Find and choose the matching subject heading*
3. AND: on the main screen, connect the above two headings by using the "Search with AND" grey button just above them:
*NB: When you find a subject heading, always check if the Explode automatically included if you tick that box. You can check for these by clicking on the heading itself to show the subject tree.
Note that you do not have to use only subject heading searches. If you prefer, you can use a general keyword or freetext search. You can also select specific fields for your search, such as Title, Abstract: check the drop-down menu by the search bar(s) which defaults to 'Select a field'.
Untick 'suggest subject terms' above the search bars at the top and enter your chosen keywords below. Do not enter too many or all at once. Connect alternatives or synonyms with OR. Think of using the truncation symbol - an asterisk * - to enable searches for variations on a stem word or letters.
treat* or therap* : this will search for treat, treated, treatment, also therapy, therapies, therapist, therapeutics, and so on.
CINAHL uses an auto-suggest to display possible search terms, connected with OR, depending on what you start entering. You can use these if you wish or ignore and enter your own keywords.
The search line can then be combined with other lines, including those for subject headings. If you want to do a Title and Abstract search, set the first line to Title, the second line to Abstract, and change the default AND to the left of the second line to OR.
See the Academic Skills Centre guide on Effective Search Techniques.
Watch this Panopto video from the Academic Skills Centre, University of Birmingham for an example of searching CINAHL (EBSCO) using Title field only: not subject headings or multi-field keyword searching. Includes sub-titles.
Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre, University of Birmingham: includes subtitles.
To save the whole search history or strategy, select Save searches / alerts above the search lines.
Then set up an individual account (free!) to name and save the search history. This can be accessed and re-run later.
There is a 'Direct Export to EndNote Web' option for EBSCO databases such as CINAHL.
Watch the following Panopto video (includes sub-titles). This uses an example in the database Business Source Premier, but the steps are the same for CINAHL. Both are databases on the EBSCO platform.
Alternatively, an RIS file can be downloaded from the database and then uploaded into EndNote Online (or other referencing software).
Watch the following Panopto video (includes sub-titles) or follow the instructions further below.
If items are in the [Unfiled] area in EndNote Online, select these and use Add to group for an existing or named group (folder).