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OT 653: Using the Literature for Evidence-Based Practice: CINAHL

This guide provides demonstrations & tips for searching the OT literature to answer clinical questions.

What is CINAHL?

CINAHL stands for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature.

Topics covered: In addition to nursing, covers allied health topics such as occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation, health promotion and education, home health, and much more.

Size: 2 million+ citations

Types of documents indexed: Mostly articles, but also Evidence-Based Care Sheets, books, dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, standards of practice, and more.

Date range: 1930s-present

Access: You can access CINAHL from this guide or the Databases page on the LHL Web site.

CINAHL Tutorials

Searching CINAHL Using CINAHL Headings

This 10-minute tutorial demonstrates how to select the best CINAHL Headings (subject terms) for your search and how to search CINAHL using those subject terms. (Note: This tutorial shows images from a slightly older version of the CINAHL interface, but the same features are available in the current version.)

Note: Click the to Full Screen button on the bottom right  to expand the tutorial to full screen.

CINAHL: Working with Search Results

Watch this 5-minute tutorial on working with search results in CINAHL. Learn to email, save, print and export search results in the CINAHL database.

Note: Click the to Full Screen button on the bottom right  to expand the tutorial to full screen.


For more information on using CINAHL, click the image below to access Lister Hill's guide (including tutorials) on CINAHL.


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