Sunday, May 18, 2008

CINAHL & EBSCO Clinical Queries

You’ll be happy to learn that in response to customer feedback, and through collaboration with McMaster University, the EBSCOhost versions of CINAHL, CINAHL Plus, CINAHL with Full Text and CINAHL Plus with Full Text now offer the ability to employ Clinical Queries as part of any search.

Clinical Queries, designed for clinician use, allow users to limit searches with specific search strategies, to aid in retrieving scientifically sound and clinically relevant study reports indexed in CINAHL databases. Searches can be refined using specific search strategies designed to produce results in five research areas:
  • Therapy - High Sensitivity
  • Prognosis
  • Review
  • Qualitative
  • Causation (Etiology)

As research may require different emphasis, three strategies are provided for each area:

  • High Sensitivity is the broadest search, to include ALL relevant material. It may also include less relevant materials.
  • High Specificity is the most targeted search to include only the most relevant result set, may miss some relevant materials.
  • Best Balance retrieves the best balance between Sensitivity and Specificity.

Meanwhile, CINAHL will also be receiving all the enhancements that EBSCO is launching for EBSCO 2.0. You can access CINAHL through the library database page under Health & Medicine (

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