Have it all with CINAHL

nurse buttonNursing students: are you tired of zero results?  Tired of submitting ILL requests for articles you needed yesterday?  Tired of wandering endless result pages, looking for full-text?  Look no further than our new and improved CINAHL Plus database with full text.

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Recently acquired by the Library to help bolster a growing Nursing Department at Arkansas Tech, this update to our older version of CINAHL includes more full text to nursing and allied health journals and deeper indexing to include allied health literature and bio-medical resources dating back to 1937.

What does this mean to you?  With an expanded index, you have a greater chance of finding articles relating to your topic, no matter how obscure.   In addition, available full-text coverage expanded from 70 journals to 700.  While not every article you find will include full-text, a greater number will, including articles from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association publications.

In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters and more.

For example, the expanded database also includes 134 Evidence-Based Care Sheets which provide concise overviews of diseases and conditions and outlines the most effective treatment options.

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Want to find Evidence-Based Practice articles?  Scroll down from the advanced search screen to limit your results.  You can also limit by Clinical Query type, Peer-Reviewed, Nurse authored, age group, randomized controlled trials, region, and other variables.

If you find yourself still lacking in relevant results, use CINAHL Headings to select appropriate heading terms for your topic.

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There’s so much you can do with CINAHL, you might need a tutorial to explore all of the features.  But a dedicated team of friendly neighborhood librarians are standing by to help if you have any questions.  Give it a try today—we promise, it won’t hurt a bit.

Nursing Resources

This week, we’re spotlighting the medical resource, OvidSP—a full-text database containing over 67 journals in the field of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacology, Patient Education, Clinical Medicine, and more.

You can find OvidSP though our Library homepage, under Research–>Tech Databases.  Scroll down to find it in our alphabetical list of database titles.

Main search box of OvidSP

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What makes OvidSP different from of the other databases is its ability to retrieve multimedia files, including video, charts, and photographs, to help give life, movement, and color your research results.  Imagine preparing presentation for your topic, and having access to charts and images to include in your slides?  Just search a topic and check the box for “Include Multimedia.”  If the full-text articles include pictures, OvidSP gives you the option of exporting all images into a PowerPoint file.

OvidSP is also able to manage your citations by allowing you to export in your preferred style—such as Chicago, APA, MLA, and many others—into your email, a word document, or other citation management systems.  Send articles to yourself via email or create a personal login to save your searches and search results.

You can also limit search results by publication year, article type, journal subjects, and relevancy (also known as “star ranking).  Avoid the information overload and try limiting to results published just in the last year or just within one or more sets of journals.

Having trouble with too little information?  Change the resource selection in Ovid SP to include the Abstracts and Table of Contents for Ovid Journals as well as the Arkansas Tech Full Text resource.

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This will broaden your search to include the abstracts and table of contents of hundreds of other journals.  However, you may have to use Inter-Library Loan or search for journal titles in our A-to-Z electronic journal list to retrieve full text of the articles.

For more information about OvidSP, view this quick tutorial available on Youtube:

You can also contact one of your friendly neighborhood librarians at the Reference Desk or through email at askalibrarian@atu.edu if you have any more questions about this database, other databases, or research of any kind.