Basic searching in CINAHL
The following picture guide illustrates basic search techniques in CINAHL; however, the same techniques can be applied to all databases in EBSCO.
Using keywords is the broadest way of searching and can result in a large number of citations. When you enter a keyword or word phrase in the search boxes and utilize the default fields selection, the database will only look for these words within the Title, Abstract, and Subject Heading fields of each record. It only looks for YOUR WORDS – it has no idea to look for synonyms or alternate spellings or other terminology for the came concept!
When you execute a search, it shows all the results that literally contain the words you entered in the citation. It does not search the full text of the article. Newest results appear first.
You can improve your search by using truncation (*). Truncation tells the database to find all forms of the word (“pressure sore”, “pressure sores”, “nursing home”, “nursing homes”).
You can also refine your search to limit your results to particular criteria. Click the Show More link to reveal those options.
From this window, you can select a variety of criteria, including date range, research articles only, and English language. Once finished, click the search button to apply the limits.