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Using CINAHL Ultimate to find an original research article

The SC4 library subscribes to a number of excellent nursing and allied health databases. When looking for research articles, it is sometimes easiest to use a nursing database to find information because it automatically narrows down your results to medical information.

CINAHL Ultimate is the largest nursing database. CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Although you could conduct the search OneSearch on the library homepage, it is often best to start with the subject database such as CINAHL Ultimate. CINAHL will automatically narrow your results to nursing materials. 


Finding Original Research Articles

You may have been given an assignment to find an original research article on a nursing topic. A research article is a primary source of information. Your instructor may refer to it as an "original" research article. You can narrow the results in CINAHL complete to research articles by using the Research Article limiter in the search screen.

Look for these features in your article to verify that is a research article.

  • Introduction. The beginning of the article might include a survey of existing research on the topic.
  • Methods. How the research was conducted, and the pool of subjects used for the study. There is usually a control group, too. 
  • Results. The cut and dried results of the research conducted without opinion added. This section usually includes charts or graphs.
  • Discussion. The researchers' interpretations of the results. Was their hypothesis met? What additional research might need to be done?
  • References. A list of articles, papers, and books the researchers consulted. 

Below is a link to an additional resource which may help you identify a research article.


Using CINAHL Ultimate to Find a Research Article - Video

Updated December 2023.

Using CINAHL Ultimate to Find an Original Research Article - Written Directions

You can limit your search results to research articles in CINAHL. They may or may not include the term "original" on the full text. You cannot successfully search the term: "original research"


Begin by finding CINAHL Ultimate either using the A to Z Databases link on the library homepage to by using the Nursing Library Research Guide. 


Entered below is the search string: "breast feeding" AND nursing

To narrow the results to research articles, check the Research Article box as indicated.


"breast feeding" AND nursing



If you would like to narrow your results to current articles, use the date scroll bar in the left-hand column of your results. 

last 5 years


The results are narrowed to articles published from 2018 to date. 



The 13th article in the result list looks relevant to the topic. 



number 13


More information about the article and a link to the PDF is given by clicking on the title.




article abstract

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