University of Nebraska Medical Center

Resource spotlight: CINAHL

By Alison Bobal

CINAHL, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, indexes the top nursing and allied health literature available including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. The literature included in CINHAL covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

In addition, CINAHL provides access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals and book chapters. It also includes legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, research instruments and clinical trials.

CINAHL provides an easy-to-use interface with basic and advanced search features and searchable cited references. CINAHL Subject Headings help users effectively search and retrieve information and follow the structure of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine.

UNMC’s subscription to CINAHL includes:

  • Full text for nearly 580 journals, many with no embargo/delay
  • Full-text coverage dating back to 1981
  • Indexing for over 3,100 journals
  • More than 3.4 million records
  • Author affiliations
  • Searchable cited references

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