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Searching the Literature: A Guide to Comprehensive Searching in the Health Sciences

Students and researchers in the health sciences are often required to conduct comprehensive searches of the literature. Follow the steps in this guide to learn how this process works.

CINAHL Video Tutorials

This series of quick, simple screencasts is designed to guide you through searching comprehensively in CINAHL.

- These screencasts are best watched in Maximized view.
- After you press play, click on the [ ] symbol in the bottom-right-hand corner of the player.
- Hit ESC on your keyboard to minimize the player when you are finished viewing the screencast. 

NOTE: Because screencasts capture the full monitor view, you will be able to see the narrator's clock, taskbars, and Chrome browser buttons (including the red X used to close Chrome). This may be confusing, especially for PC users. 

1. Introduction to CINAHL

2. Searching Subject Headings

3. Searching with Textwords

4. Improving Textword Searching

5. Combining Search Lines

6. Using Search Filters

7. Saving Searches

8. Finding Full Text Articles

Batch Exporting CINAHL Citations to Refworks 

When searching comprehensively, we recommend sending all your citations from the database to a reference manager for screening. 

Auto-Export Selected CINAHL Citations to RefWorks

Not all searches are comprehensive. Sometimes a quick search will do and you only need to export a few selected references from your search results to a citation manager. This option is for those kinds of searches.