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These modules of 2-3 minutes each demonstrate the different search techniques and strategies for effective searching in the CINAHL database. Some of these techniques are transferrable to other databases, both on the EBSCOhost platform and through other search engines.

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INTRODUCTION:  (1:03 mins)

   This video introduces you to the CINAHL database at UBC, a key database for finding nursing and allied health literature.

ACCESSING CINAHL @ UBC Library  (1:53 mins)

   This video will show you how to get to the CINAHL database through the UBC Library website.

Building your search terms using PICO:

  This video will show you how to break down your search question into an effective search string using the PICO model (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome).

SUBJECT HEADINGS IN CINAHL: : (3:41 and 2.44  mins)

  This video will introduce you to searching CINAHL using subject headings, followed by a video exploring more advanced subject heading search techniques .


   This video will explore how to use the boolean operators AND and OR.

KEYWORDS (3:01 mins)

   This video will explore how to use keyword searches in CINAHL.


   This video will explore how to further focus and refine your search in CINAHL.


This video will discuss how to arrange and save your search results in CINAHL.

Credit: Created and recorded by Elise Gowen, MLIS Candidate, UBC in March 2015, in consultation with Charlotte Beck, Woodward Librarian. Post-production by Suzan Zagar.

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Charlotte Beck
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