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CINAHL provides comprehensive coverage of the nursing and allied health journal literature. English language publications in nursing and allied health are indexed completely. In addition to journals, CINAHL includes citations for nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, health related books, educational software, and the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. Journals in the related subjects of consumer health, alternate/complementary medicine, biomedicine, and health sciences librarianship are indexed selectively. CINAHL offers cited reference searching from 1994 to the present. The pool of journal titles from which these articles are drawn currently numbers 1,200. Full-text/full image items include nurse practice acts, standards of practice, drug records, research instruments,critical paths, clinical trials, and the contents of 610 journals including state and regional nursing association titles.

As of March 2009, CINAHL includes access to Pre-CINAHL citations.  Pre-CINAHL, designed as a current awareness database, contains brief citations for new journal articles that will be integrated into CINAHL in four weeks from the date of receipt.


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Over 2,900 journals are indexed routinely. Abstracts are added to the citations from 1,200 journal titles.

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations and  abstracts. Full text or full image for over 600 journals.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature v. 27+ 1982+.

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Cinahl Information Systems

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