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NURS 4222 (Schultz) - Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice: Database Searching Tips

General Searching Tips

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Construct a search that contains at least 2-3 keywords or phrases
  • Utilize filter options to limit your search
  • Try adding terms for article types in the search box (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, evidence-based, systematic review, quality improvement, etc)

Finding Original Research Articles in CINAHL

Search Options:

  • Select ”Research Article”
  • Limit to “Qualitative” under ”Clinical Inquiries”
  • Limit to “Research” under “Publication Type”


Finding EBP Articles in CINAHL

Search Options:

  • Select “Evidence-Based Practice”
  • Limit to “meta analysis” OR “systematic review” under ”Publication Type”
  • Limit to “evidence-based practice” under “Special Interest”


Finding QI Articles in CINAHL

Search Options:

  • Limit to “Quality Assurance” under “Special Interest”