Changes to CINAHL

EBSCO has announce some new features to the CINAHL database.  These features are:

  • Searchers can limit articles those “Written by a Nurse.”  They can limit to articles where the first author is a nurse, or they can limit articles where any author is a nurse. This limit is only good for articles 2009-forward and a nurse is considered any author with RN, BSN, MSN, and in the case of international publications the appropriate international license/credentials/degree.
  • A pre-CINAHL limit has been created allowing users to search for articles pre-CINHAL.
  • Limiting articles to humans will retreive all articles where studies were done on humans.  Of course it will also retrieve articles where studies were done on both humans and animals.  this limit does not work for pre-CINAHL.
  • The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) has been added to all records 2009-forward.
  • The PMC ID (PubMed Central ID) has been added to records 2009-forward.


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2 thoughts on “Changes to CINAHL”

  1. Thank God they finally added the DOIs. Using APA style without DOIs has been tricky.

  2. I’ve been looking into this and, as you may have noticed, the DOIs are missing from many records in both CINAHL and MEDLINE via EBSCO. The DOI for a record might be in Academic Search Premier, but not in CINAHL. Or, the DOI might be in PubMed but not in MEDLINE via EBSCO. This includes articles published since 2009. I’ve been talking to an EBSCO rep about this and hope we are making headway. I encourage anyone else who has noticed these problems, however, to please contact EBSCO and try to get beyond a low-level customer service person.


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