CINAHL is a key database for nursing and allied health. Use CINAHL to locate and retrieve academic, peer-reviewed journal articles for your assignment or research.
Use the search screen and suggested subject headings (Medical Headings) to build up a search line-by-line. As well as these headings, you can also use freetext keywords which occur in the article or article description.
Then connect the search lines using Boolean logic:
For more on Boolean logic and other literature searching techniques, see:
Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre, University of Birmingham: includes subtitles.
On the following screen the subject heading is indicated "Depression, post-partum"
Keep the tick in the "Subheadings" box (this allows for more results) and select Search Database
Now enter the next term: "Community mental health nursing": find and choose the matching subject heading
On the main screen, connect the above two headings by using the "Search with AND" grey button: these should be clearly on the screen as S2, S1 to indicate each search line
At each stage, the results are further down the screen
To view the articles, use the "FindIt@Bham" link which leads to the full text (where available)
You can introduce further terms as appropriate: alternative terms to connect with OR; different headings with AND
For example, find "Systematic Review" and use AND with the above to identify any systematic reviews about postpartum depression and community health nursing
When you find a subject heading, there may be a tick-box available in the column headed Explode, to the right on the screen. If you tick this box, it will include narrower or more precise subject headings - for examples, selecting Diabetes and the Explode box will include articles with the headings Diabetes Type I, Diabetes Type II.
The following screenshots illustrate the above search example.