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Nursing: Using CINAHL: CINAHL Headings

Use this guide to find resources related to topics in Nursing.

CINAHL/MeSH Headings Video Tutorial

About CINAHL/MESH Headings


CINAHL/MeSH Headings are assigned to articles based on their content. When you do a search using CINAHL/MeSH Headings, your results will be much more targeted than if you were to do a keyword search, which will bring up any article that mentions your keyword.


Type in a keyword in the search box below to be redirected to CINAHL.

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CINAHL Headings

Click on CINAHL Headings from the top banner. Type in a keyword to retrieve related subject headings.

Select a Subject Heading and Subheadings

Select an appropriate subject heading to see the subheadings on the right-hand side. By default, the "Include All Subheadings" options is selected, but you may select the subheadings individually.


Click Browse Additional Terms to add more terms to your search OR Search Databases.

Results List

A list of results will appear. Click on any title to view information about the article OR click on PDF Full Text to view the complete article.