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This valuable resource provides full text for nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL Database, many of which with no embargo. Nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students consider this database an essential full-text research tool.

Date Range

1982 to date. 


2,737 indexed journals.
Citations from 1,150 journals.
329 full text journals.


Thesaurus of CINAHL subject headings using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) controlled vocabulary.
Search history and alerts function from the advanced search screen.
Direct export to Refworks from the save results option.
Citation search.
Can search other Ebsco databases at the same time.
“Visual search” option displays differently but needs JAVA.

Search Tips

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

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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