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Getting Dental-Specific Information in CINAHL

In CINAHL, if you have a broad topic that needs to be specific to dental practice, in the Advanced Search apply the filter Special Interest > Dental Care**Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Search screen for the Special Interest option.

CINAHL's Basic Search

CINAHL's Basic Search allows you to search by keyword, and add limits, such as peer-reviewed, date range, and major subject(s).

Screenshot of CINAHL's Basic Search with arrow pointing to search box indicating Type in your keywords and text box stating Below the search box are many limits to aid you with retrieving the desired information. Limitations include Publication Type, Peer Reviewed (meaning scholarly), and more

CINAHL Results Set

Once you've run your search, you'll have a list of results displaying, with the most recent results first.  Remember, in order to link out to full text, click on the Find It link.  Click here for a reminder on using the Find It link.

Screenshot of CINAHL results list indicating Most recent articles show first, Click on the title to go into the full record, or click on Find It to try to link out to full text, the left-hand blue column provides many options to refine your results, Subject Major Heading - Click on this to see a list of suggested topics. Click on the check boxes next to the desired topics and this refines your results list to only display records with the selected MAJOR TOPICS

CINAHL Advanced Search

CINAHL's Advanced Search helps you to build your search by providing a row for each concept, and also offers more limits options not found on the Basic Search, such as restricting your keywords to the document title, Evidence-Based Practice, Special Interest, and more.

Screenshot of CINAHL's Advanced Search stating Enter one concept per search box, To pick up keywords only in the title or the subject, use the Select a Field drop-down menu, Many Limits are available below

For a reminder of using concept blocks and creating an effective search strategy, please see the following worksheet:


Once you've clicked onto a title to go into the full record, the right-hand tools are very handy, especially the CITE option!

The tools show up on the right side once you've clicked into the full record. Cite shows you how to cite the source in APA style, or other citation styles such as MLA or Chicago. Always double check the citation against an official guide to ensure it's correct.