New Online Tutorial for the CINAHL Database

January 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm


A new custom-made online tutorial on the use of the CINAHL database is available for Mayo Clinic staff and students who are interested in learning how to search and locate articles on relevant topics in the areas of nursing and other allied health fields.  CINAHL is an excellent resource for nursing staff and nurses going back to school, as well as students in the Mayo School of Health Sciences and affiliated programs.  Whether you need research-based articles to support patient care or references to assist in writing a paper for class or for publication, CINAHL is a resource you will turn to again and again.  CINAHL may initially seem somewhat difficult to use, however, which is why we created this step-by-step tutorial for performing a search.  You’ll also learn about the specific database features which can enhance your searching experience as well as your results.  

In 2008, proprietary rights to CINAHL changed and libraries were no longer able to provide the Ovid version of the database to which many staff and students at Mayo Clinic were accustomed.  With the new EBSCO version came quite a few changes in the look and feel of CINAHL and there was an adjustment period for everyone.  Some extra features available in the EBSCO version of CINAHL include “permalinks”, or persistent URLs to searches and results, and the ability to create customized folders for saved searches or particular citations on different topics.  

The new CINAHL tutorial resulted from a collaborative effort among five librarians who regularly assist nursing and allied health staff and students across the Mayo Clinic campuses.  It is designed for beginners as well as those who want to sharpen their search skills or just become more familiar with the EBSCO interface.  Going through the tutorial will help you gain confidence and a better understanding of how to perform searches, though we always encourage our patrons to ask for help whenever needed.  

The tutorial consists of four different modules hosted in Blackboard.  There are both visual and audio components so it is best to use a computer with either speakers or a headset.  The modules cover the essentials of searching including how to create a search strategy, how to perform a subject search and access articles, how to search for a particular author or cited references, as well as how to save results and set up automatic alerts for future updates.  In addition, each module contains quizzes to test for learning.  You may optionally work on exercises for hands-on practice as well as refer to a glossary of relevant terms and a tip sheet with helpful advice.    

CINAHL tutorial menu    

Example screen from tutorial    

A beneficial aspect of the tutorial is that you can pause and go back or forward as needed throughout the modules.  Everyone has different levels of searching knowledge and experience based on unique backgrounds and the flexibility of the tutorial enables you to determine the sections on which you most want to focus.  You can go through one or more of the modules whenever it’s convenient and at your own pace and the content will be accessible if you need to refer to it again.  

The new tutorial is available on the Blackboard learning management system which requires registration. To begin the new CINAHL tutorial, please register through one of the following librarians:  

Ann Farrell:  (78)3-2176 or

Dana Gerberi : (77):6-7426 or

Karen Larsen: (77)6-7428 or

Mona Stevermer: (77)5-4496 or

Kay Wellik: (79)2-4422 or

Submitted by Dana Gerberi

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