Answered By: Grand Strand Circulation
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015     Views: 30

The CINAHL Plus with Full Text database is a good place to go for this. To find it go to the Library's website, choose the Databases tab, choose Databases by Subject, choose Health Sciences from the list of subjects, and select CINAHL Plus with Full Text from the list of databases.

CINAHL uses 2-letter codes to tell the database where to search for the terms you enter.

MM before your search term tells the database to search anywhere in the list of subjects and keywords associated with the articles.

MW before your search term tells the database to search only the main subjects associated with the articles.

When using these codes, you should place your search terms in quotation marks. You can also combine terms with AND and OR. Use OR for synonyms, indicating that you don't care which term is in the article, as long as one of them is present. Use AND to indicate that both terms should be included in the search.

If we follow these rules, we come up with the following search. You can copy and paste this into CINAHL:

(MW "Nurses" OR MW "Nursing") AND (MM "Safety")

One last tip. Make sure you limit your search to "full-text only." You may also wish to limit to "scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles." These two selections are located directly beneath the search box on the main CINAHL screen, as well as on the left-hand side of the search results screen.

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