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Featured Database: CINAHL

You can use databases to easily find organized collections of articles, journals, news, streaming videos, primary sources, data, and more!

Here’s one of our allied health databases:


What’s in it?

CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and offers access to nursing and allied health literature, including veterinary technology, medical imaging, therapies, and public health.

Why should you use it?

Use CINAHL to answer all your pesky PICO questions or find articles on evidence-based practice. CINAHL uses the same Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) controlled vocabulary you find in PubMed, so searching is a breeze, but easier to search as it is focused on nursing and allied health.

Who should use it?

CINAHL is useful for students, faculty, staff, researchers, and practitioners in public health, health sciences, evidence-based practice, nursing, and allied health.

Why use a database?

When you use a specific database, rather than a search engine or discovery tool, you often can find more relevant sources. For example, subject databases include sources about that subject only, rather than a general search engine or discovery tool that includes information about everything. This way you don’t have to wade through thousands of irrelevant results!

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