Try breaking down your research question into subtopics to leverage your search in CINAHL.
Example Research Question: Does weight training in adults decrease the risk of heart attack?
1. Identify the main concepts of your research question and develop keywords for those concepts. Types of keywords might include:
2. Identify synonyms for your keywords or other ways to state your main concepts. For example:
The default fields searched in CINAHL are:
The full text of the document is NOT automatically searched!
CINAHL subject headings are a thesaurus of terms that assist with a more effective search. The CINAHL subject headings are based on MeSH headings (but not necessarily the same), with additional specific nursing and allied health headings added as appropriate. Each article in CINAHL is assigned subject headings that describe its content. CINAHL headings are updated on a yearly basis.
Search CINAHL Subject Headings for the best term(s) to use for your research. For example, a search of "heart attack" will instruct you to instead use the term "Myocardial Infarction."
Once you have selected the term you'd like to include in your search, you will have other options for building your search: