CINAHL(Cumulative Index of Nursing and ... - EdShare Southampton

CINAHL(Cumulative Index of Nursing and ... - EdShare Southampton

CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Subject Heading Searching

Why use Subject Headings rather than Keyword searching? - 1 CINAHL Subject Headings are assigned to each record to describe the subject content of the record. They are applied consistently which means that once you have identified the correct CINAHL Heading(s) you do not need to think about synonyms, different word endings or alternative spellings.

For example, an article on stroke will have the subject heading stroke assigned to it even if the author of the article uses a synonym such as cva, cvas, cerebrovascular accident or cerebral vascular accident . And.

Why use Subject Heading rather than Keyword searching? - 2 The indexers also assign the subject terms according to the level of importance of the term within the article; the most important points are called Major Subjects and those of

lesser importance are called Minor Subjects For instance.. We can see this when we look at a reference in CINAHL

Why use Subject Heading rather than Keyword searching? - 3 You tend to retrieve articles that are more relevant: Searching using the subject heading stroke will retrieve articles that are about the medical condition stroke whereas free text searching will retrieve any article which has the word in the title or abstract,

whether that is relevant to the subject of the article or not. They could also include references to articles about pet therapy (people who stroke animals are more relaxed) and references about swimming or heat stroke. But.

..subject headings are not infallible so to make sure you retrieve all relevant articles a combination of subject headings and free text is sometimes required.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Comprehensive database covering Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health subjects Lists articles in over 900 English language journals

Over 3 million records Data since 1982 Available via the Library Web pages using your iSolutions username and password Bibliographic databases what do they do? List the bibliographic details of journal

articles author and title of the article; journal title, volume, issue and pages. Mostly refer to journal articles, but some refer to newspapers, conference papers, book chapters or videos. They can be searched much like WebCat. But they are nationally or internationally produced so..

we do not have access to the full-text of all of the journal references on CINAHL Section 1

Putting together your search strategy Search example: What research evidence is there to support the theory that exercise or exercise programmes help in the prevention of falls

in the elderly? But before you start searching you need to spend some time thinking about your search..

You need to: Identify the concepts of your query

List alternative phrases and keywords Include both narrow and broad terms

Identify any key periods of research Identify any key authors in the field

Identify your search terms What research evidence is there to support the theory that exercise or exercise programmes help in the prevention of falls in the

elderly? The key topics are obvious What research evidence is there to support the theory that exercise or exercise programmes help to prevent falls in the elderly?

falls elderly exercise prevention But how else can these topics be described and do we need to include them all?

Join these terms together using: Boolean logic and Truncation

Boolean Logic. Allows you to search for multiple keywords or combines different expressions for the same concept teenagers

or adolescents and links two different concepts together children and communication Truncation

Finds any keyword with a common stem Truncation symbol is commonly Physiotherap* will find: physiotherapist physiotherapists physiotherapy

* Section 2 Starting your search Library home page y 22 Select the relevant subject link

Scroll down to the Key Databases section Dont forget that there are other databases available on our Journal Database tab at the top of this page Link to CINAHL

1. Place tick here 2. Enter term and then search 1. You are taken to a list of suggested subject terms

Placing a tick here tags the heading and also opens up some more options. Subheadings Subheadings allow a search to be restricted to one or more facets, such as diagnosis, therapy, or psychosocial factors thereby providing more

specific references. 2. Then search 1. We will also add some other useful headings

2. Tick box 3. Enter next term then search 1. Results of first search

2. Search Takes you to the suggested subject term Aged 1. Tick Aged and add other useful headings

Tick box then enter final search term and search 3. Then Search 1. Tick box next to exercise 2. Add some

other useful headings 1. Combine searches 1, 2 and 3 together using AND 1. Results of final search

2. To cut your search results down use the show more link Refining (limiting) your search You can choose limits such as:

Date of publication Language Age Group/s Gender Publication type i.e. journal Journal subset i.e. English & Ireland journals

We will narrow our search: 1. By year of publication 2. Research articles only

3. Abstract available 4. English language Viewing, marking and saving references

Final result. To look at the references use this link or scroll down See full details of the reference by using this title link

If you just want to look at the abstract hold mouse over magnifying glass 2. Return to results link at the top of the page

1. Subject terms added to this reference Either of these two links

will take you to the full text of the article Use these icons to print, save or email article Details of the reference

If we dont have access to a reference which is really important then use our Inter-Library Loans service: Login to WebCat Go

to: Requests: inter-library loans and stack Inter-library loan requests Choose the relevant form for the item you are requesting, complete the form then submit

Please check to see the number of inter-library loan requests your are entitled to at Copying and Copyright You should assume that everything is subject to

copyright law, unless this is clearly stated otherwise You should save, print or email only one copy of an article from an issue of a magazine or journal. In the case of a book, pamphlet or report, you should make single copies of not more than one chapter, or extracts amounting to no more than 5% of the entire work

For more information see: copyrightphotocopying. html Saving the details of

the references and your search history 1. Add to folder those references you want to save, page by page.. (it then changes to

remove from folder) 2. Then go to the folder view at the top of the page, if the folder view is not showing use the << link to open it up

1. Select references (again) 2. Choose your method of output Change citation format

to Harvard as it is the closest to the Health Sciences Referencing guidelines 52 Warning!

Dont send your results to a work address outside of the University, i.e. an NHS email account as the firewall set up by other organisations may block any attachments.

Getting Help Subject Enquiries Level 3, Hartley Library Or contact [email protected]

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