CINAHL Plus (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) provides access to a wide scope of nursing and allied health journals.  Content includes: coverage dating back to 1937, indexing for nearly 5,500 journals, evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons.

Available From

CINAHL Plus journal content is available via LibrarySearch, however, we recommend going direct to CINAHL to search to make the most use of its functionality.

Features and benefits

  • Provides an easy-to-use interface with basic and advanced search features and searchable cited references 
  • 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
  • Provides full text for more than 700 journals dating as far back as 1937 (note: coverage varies for each title and some current full-text content is embargoed)
  • Contains nearly 4.8 million records
  • Offers indexing for more than 5,000 journals
  • Includes searchable cited references for more than 1,400 journals
  • Includes author affiliations

User guides and online help

EBSCO have created comprehensive help guides for all CINAHL products including FAQs, search queries, and help with CINAHL Subject Headings.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Help Sheet

CINAHL Databases FAQs

For more help and information go here

Training videos

EBSCO have also created training videos for CINAHL products.  

These tutorials demonstrate the basic and advanced searching features of the suite of CINAHL databases on EBSCOhost. Additional functionality available from the CINAHL Plus, CINAHL Plus with Full Text and CINAHL Complete databases is also included.  Please note that the version subscribed to by the Library is CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Basic Searching in CINAHL

Advanced Searching in CINAHL

Saving your search history

You might need to save search results to evidence how you have searched, or you might have new/alternative keywords to add to your search. To avoid having to start from scratch each time, you can save and then edit your search history. To do this, you must first of all create an individual EBSCOhost account - in CINAHL, follow the 'Sign In' link in the top bar and follow the instructions to create a username and password personal to you. To see how this works, watch the following EBSCOhost tutorial:

Using the EBSCOhost search history - tutorial

 Screen layout and functionality

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Screen Layout 

Understanding the results screen

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Results Screen 

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