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How to Use the Library Databases

This library research guide provides an introduction to using the library databases.


CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for more than 3,000 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981.

CINAHL Complete is the definitive research tool for nursing and allied health professionals. With CINAHL Complete users get fast and easy access to top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons. Full text coverage for more than 1,300 journals and indexing for more than 5,000 journals.

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CINAHL Databases - Basic Searching Tutorial

CINAHL Databases - Advanced Searching Tutorial

Using the CINAHL/MeSH Headings Feature in EBSCOhost

Citations in CINAHL/CINAHL Complete

On the left, you can see the "HTML full text" as well as the "PDF full text" locations. Clicking on either of these will allow you to view the entire article.

On the right, in the "Tools" section, you can see where to print, email, save, cite, etc. When you click on the "Cite" link, make sure to select which citation style you need. You may copy and paste the citation into your works cited/reference list, or you may export it to a bibliography manager, such as RefWorks.


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We always recommend double-checking auto-generated citations, as sometimes they are incorrect or improperly formatted.