CINAHL Database Changes

CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is now available on EBSCOhost rather than OVID.

CINAHL® is the most comprehensive resource for nursing and allied health literature going back to 1982. While considered one of the most important sources for nurses, it is also used by other allied health professions such as physical therapy, dentistry, dental hygiene, occupational therapy, athletic training, audiology, speech therapy and more. CINAHL® indexes over 2500 journals covering nursing, allied health, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and health sciences librarianship.

CINAHL® subject headings are used to index the literature contained in the database. These subject headings were developed to reflect the terminology used by nursing and allied health professionals. CINAHL subject headings follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH, used by the National Library of Medicine.

For years the Dana Medical Library has subscribed to CINAHL through OVID, and nurses and other patrons have become accustomed to searching the database using these subject headings in ways specific to the OVID platform. Starting December 2008, CINAHL will be available through a different platform with a different interface. But just because the look and feel has changed, doesn’t mean the database has! You can still search using CINAHL subject headings, and many searching improvements are included in this new version.

The Dana Medical Library will be offering training in the new interface on March 4th from 12-1. See Dana’s class schedule for more information.

If you need assistance on the EBSCOhost version of CINAHL, the Ebsco CINAHL Support Center has many helpful guides and FAQs. You can also contact the reference desk at 656-2201 or for assistance.