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Finding Research Articles in PubMed and CINAHL

Limit to Research Article



CINAHL Research Article OptionSelect Research Article in the Limit Your Results options below the search boxes to retrieve ALL types of research articles.


Limit by Publication Type

CINAHL Publication Type OptionsSelect SPECIFIC research designs in the Publication Type menu such as Clinical Trial or Systematic Review or Meta Analysis.

Limit by Clinical Queries


CINAHL Clinical QueriesClinical Queries is designed for clinician use and uses filters to limit retrieval to research-based citations on clinical topics or systematic reviews. Select specific query type: Therapy, Prognosis, Review, Qualitative, Causation (Etiology). As research may require different emphasis, three strategies are provided for each area.

  • High Sensitivity is the broadest search, to include ALL relevant material. May also include less relevant materials.
  • High Specificity is the most targeted search to include only the most relevant result set. May miss some relevant materials.
  • Best Balance retrieves the best balance between Sensitivity and Specificity.

Limit by Evidence-Based Practice

CINAHL Evidence-Based Practice OptionSelect Evidence-Based Practice to retrieve articles from evidence-based practice journals (including Cochrane), as well as articles about evidence-based practice, research articles (including systematic reviews, clinical trials, meta analyses, qualitative studies), commentaries on research studies (applying practice to research), case studies if they meet the criteria of the use of research and/or evidence-based practice terms.

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