The goal of this tutorial is for you to learn how to create a list of search words & phrases, and subjects that you can use to retrieve different, but relevant search results while searching CINAHL.
Searching is a strategic process that typically requires experimentation with different search words.
Note: the search results below were retrieved in March 2017. You search results may vary but the same methods will apply.
CINAHL Search example, limited to scholarly articles:
As you review the results of your search, take note of promising search words/phrases and Subjects. Copy and paste the most useful combinations into a document where you can track your searching and results. The Subjects will be included at the bottom of each result.
Result 1: Identifying Medication-Related Adverse Drug Events in Nursing Facilities in East Texas.
Result 2: Common issues in the medication use processes in nursing homes: a review of medication use quality improvement strategies.
Result 3: Roadmap to Quality: Effective Medication Reconciliation Minimizes Errors in a Long-Term Care Setting.
The next most relevant articles are results 5 and 7.
Result 5: Exploratory Evaluation of Medication Classes Most Commonly Involved in Nursing Home Errors.
Result 7: Bridging the Gap in Transitional Care: A Closer Look at Medication Reconciliation.
As you "mine" CINAHL results for new search words, you can generate potential new combinations of search words that you can search with to see if you get different, but relevant results.
Please note: It is best to use the formatting of subjects exactly as they listed, including capitalization and punctuation.
As you conduct new searches, you might start to see repeats in results from your other searches, and that is normal. When you start to recognize authors and titles and studies, you are getting “saturated” in the literature of your topic, which is a good thing.
Questions to consider as you review search results: