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Savvy Searching with CINAHL®

Savvy Searching with CINAHL®

Searching CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) can feel like a daunting task at times. How do you make sure you’re not missing relevant articles when there is so much information? And what is a PlumX metric? Having a strategic process to carry out your search and using CINAHL headings will make the most of your time searching, increase the relevancy of your results and allow you to run your search at a later date when you need to update your references.

This session:

  • Explains the value of structured searching
  • Illustrates using CINAHL headings to increase the relevancy of results
  • Illustrates searching with field codes to capture relevant items quickly
  • Describes effective use of AND, OR, NOT (Boolean operators) to increase and decrease results
  • Highlights filters to help narrow the focus of your search based on subject or publication type
  • Outlines how to save CINAHL searches to view results at a later date
  • Discusses added features in CINAHL including PlumX metrics
  • Provides hands-on experience searching, collecting and accessing articles in CINAHL

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify key concepts relevant to your search question
  • Translate key concepts to appropriate CINAHL headings
  • Run searches using field codes
  • Combine searches with OR to increase results, AND to decrease results
  • Apply filters to narrow results
  • Manipulate result presentation to view abstract and full-text options
  • Collect relevant articles and access NSHA full-text

Recommended for: Nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, public health practitioners and researchers incorporating CINAHL results into knowledge resources including reports, policies, guidelines, research and more.

Please note: This session may be adjusted to facilitate learning about a variety of biomedical and health care databases including PubMed and Embase. Connect with your librarian to learn more.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
Atlantic Time (change)
All Zones
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To participate in an online session, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have access to a computer with Skype for Business installed. If you do not have the software, you will be required to install a web app plugin that will allow you to attend as a guest
  • You must have an audio output device connected (headphones or speakers) to be able to hear the instructor
  • You must have an audio input device (webcam or microphone) connected whether you wish to participate verbally or not. If you do not wish to speak, you may type in the chat window
  • Experience using chat
  • Experience copying/pasting text and URLs

If you do not meet the above requirements, please consider registering for an in-person session or requesting a one-on-one consult

To learn more about Skype for Business, see https://intra.nshealth.ca/UCS/BPS/SitePages/SkypeforBusiness.aspx*

*Internal link, you must be on the NSHA network to access

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Katie McLean

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