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Nursing 305: CINAHL

Review on how to search nursing databases using subject headings. Other advanced search techniques are also covered.

Subject headings search

To do a subject headings search in CINAHL, type your keyword in the search box and select Suggest Subject Terms

Choose the subject heading:

Click on Search Database: 



Searching with multiple subject headings

There are a couple different methods to do a search for multiple subject headings. The easiest way is to combine past searches with the Search History tool. 


I'm looking for articles discussing bandages and bedsores. I first performed a subject headings search for bedsores (example in box above). Then I did a subject headings search for bandages. I combined the two searches by clicking on Search History and selecting the two searches I previously performed. Select Search with AND to find articles that discuss both topics. 

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This guide was created by Michelle Schonken. It was maintained and updated by Christine Shin.