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Introduction to Library Resources for Emmanuel College BSN Program: Sample Search in CINAHL

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature ) with Full Text is the first database listed on the Article Databases: Ranked by Relevance section of the Nursing and Medical guide.

The following steps will take you through the process of  finding peer-reviewed articles in CINAHL with Full Text for the sample research topic: "How can the Orem Self-Care Model be applied for the care of patients diagnosed with cancer?"

Screenshot of a search in CINAHL for: ("Orem Self-Care Model) and (cancer or oncology)

Searching Tips
  • AND narrows your search to materials that contain all the concepts/ideas. In the above example, the concepts both text boxes will be present in the search results.
  • OR broadens the search by retrieving materials that contain any of the search terms. In the above example, either the term cancer or oncology must be present.
  • Select a field (optional) searches for the words in the Title, Subject Headings, and Abstract of the article. Changing this to TX ALL Text broadens the results since the terms can be found anywhere in the text of the article.


  • Select the appropriate limits from the options found below the text boxes and, then, click on the Search button.

Screenshot of the limits of Peer Reviewed and Publication Date in CINAHL

  • Peer Reviewed refers to journals containing articles screened prior to publication by experts in the field.
  • Explore other relevant limits such as the Publication Date


  • When reviewing articles on the results list, articles that are full text will have a PDF Full Text hyperlink . When full text is not available in CINAHL with Full Text, click on the Find it@Emmanuel button to see if the full text is available in another one of our databases.
    See also "How do I find the full text of an article from a citation?".
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