Limits and filters allow you to narrow the results down to only the ones that are most relevant. Common limits that are applied include: article type, date, and language.
Tip: the more limits and filters you set, the narrower your results will be. It is possible for you to limit your results all the way down to 0, so be careful.
Tip 2: do not limit by Full Text. As a student of ECU, you can receive the full text of articles either with your PirateID and password, or through our free Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service if ECU does not own a copy of the article. Electronic resources can be e-mailed to your ECU account.
Personal accounts in databases are free, and I strongly recommend creating an account for each database you may use. They are particularly valuable when you need to save your searches for longer than your current browsing period. Closing your browser almost always erases your search history; having a personal account allows you to save searches that you may want to look at again later.
To create an account in CINAHL, click on Sign In at the top of the page.
Next, click on Create one now.
Fill out the form and follow any additional prompts that may be provided.
CINAHL makes its basic search feature fairly simple. Just copy and paste the search string you created from your concept table into the search bar, be sure to un-check the Suggest Subject Terms box, and click Search. (Note: if you leave the Suggest Subject Terms box checked, you will enter the Subject Term tree. For more information on navigating the Subject Term tree, please see the Guide for PhD Students or the Guide DNP Students.)
(Nurse OR Nurses OR "Nursing personnel") AND ("Health literacy") AND (Rural OR "Rural areas" OR "Rural health centers" OR "Rural population" OR "Rural populations" OR "Rural health nursing" OR "Underserved populations")
After clicking Search, you will see the results page. At the top of the results page is your search history, as well. You can apply limits to the results by selecting them on the left-hand sidebar.
As you select filters, CINAHL will refresh the results page to display only those articles that meet the selected criteria.
In CINAHL, there are multiple ways to save articles.
1. Saving articles individually: on the article page, choose either Add to Folder or Export in the right-hand sidebar. Saving to Folder saves the article record to your personal CINAHL account. Exporting to a citation manager creates a file that you can download into either RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote.
2. Saving articles from the results page: on the results page, click the blue folder icon. This will turn it yellow, indicating that the article has been saved to your folder.
If you created a personal CINAHL account, you can save your search. Click on Save Searches/Alerts above the search history from the search results page.
Complete the form to save your search or to create an alert. I recommend saving the search with the date within the title so that you can keep track of when you last ran the search on CINAHL.
Setting an alert will allow CINAHL to run your search as frequently as you want it to, and you will receive e-mail alerts when new articles become available that meet your search criteria.