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CINAHL Ultimate is a research tool for nursing and allied health studies and provides fast and easy access to top journals, evidence based care sheets, quick lessons and more. There are more than 925 active, full-text, non-open access journals available via this e-resource.

The database covers all nursing fields from ambulatory care and gerontologic nursing to physical therapy and psychiatric nursing.  

Date Range

1982 to date. 


Active full-text journals and magazine: 1,781

Active full-text, peer-reviewed journals: 1,567

Active full-text, peer-reviewed journals with no embargo: 1,275


  • CINAHL Ultimate includes rigorous curation and indexing of open access (OA) journals, which has resulted in a growing collection of 1,537 active global OA journals.
  • CINAHL Subject Headings help users effectively search and retrieve information and follow the structure of the Medical Subject headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine.
  • EBSCO has the premier and most highly regarded scholarly vocabularies curated by subject matter experts, covering all disciplines and major publishers. 

 Subjects Covered:

  • Ambulatory care nursing
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Gerontologic nursing
  • Nuclear medicine technicians
  • Occupational therapy
  • Oncologic nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatric nursing

Search Tips

Uses Boolean AND, OR, NOT ? wildcard,
* truncation, () for grouping,
“ “ exact phrases
Can limit by date, full-text and document type.

NOTE:  the string search can only support up to 5 "OR"s in one line.  You will need to break up your alternative terms into chunks if there are more than that.

Other information

Some journals have an embargo, so there may be a delay before recent issues are made available.

Guides and leaflets

There are various tutorials available from Ebsco including Basic searching and Advanced searching in CINAHL.

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