What is CINAHL?

  • CINAHL stands for Cumulated Index in Nursing and Allied Health Literature.
  • CINAHL is the major database for searching for journal articles in nursing and other allied health fields
  • CINAHL indexes over 4600 journals with coverage beginning in 1981

CINAHL quicklink

Accessing CINAHL: Use the Quicklink on the Bio-Medical Library's homepage to access CINAHL

 CINAHL Headings

Searching CINAHL

  • The default search in CINAHL looks for your exact word/phrase in all fields
  • A better option is to use the 'CINAHL Headings' link at the top of the page to seach for a subject heading that describes your concept
  • Select the subject headking from the list and Search Database on the left.


  • Use the "Search history" option to see past search queries, and to combine concepts.




Subject Specialist

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