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Health Sciences Tutorials : CINAHL

Saving a Search in CINAHL

This tutorial will show you how to save a search in CINAHL for later access.

Step 1: After conducting a search, click on the 'Search History' link at the top of the results list, as displayed below. 

Image of CINAHL database search page. The 'Search History' link below the search bar has been circled.

Step 2: Once you can see your search history, check the box next to the search you wish to save. Then, click on the 'Save Searches / Alerts' link above your search history.

Image of CINAHL search history page. The box next to the first search is circled. The link 'Save Searches / Alerts' is circled.

Step 3: If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to do so here. If you don't have an account, you can create one and then sign in. 

Step 4: After logging in, you will be taken to your folder. From here, follow the prompts to name your search and select if it will be saved as a permanent search, temporary search, or an alert. You can also add a description at this point. After that, click on the 'Save' button.

Image of CINAHL save search page. The name of the search is underlined. The save button is circled.

Step 5: This will take you to the confirmation page. To complete your save, click on the 'Continue' button.

Image of CINAHL save search confirmation page. The continue button has been circled.

Step 6: This will direct you to your folder, where all of your saved searches can be accessed. You can retrieve or edit your saved searches from your folder at any time. 

Image of CINAHL saved searches folder.

Exporting to a Citation Manager from CINAHL

This tutorial will show you how to export your CINAHL searches to your chosen citation manager. 

Step 1: After locating the articles you would like to cite, click on the blue folder icon located to the left of the article titles, as displayed below. This will add these articles to your personal folder.

Image of CINAHL search results. The blue folder icon to the left of the first two search results is circled.

Step 2: On the far left side of the page, you will see a section titled 'Folder has items'. To proceed, click on the link at the end of that section, titled 'Folder View'. 

Image of CINAHL 'Folder has items' section. The link 'Folder View' is circled.

Step 3: From here, select the articles you wish to export and click on 'Export', located on the left side of the page. 

Image of CINAHL personal folder. The 'Export' link on the left side of the page is circled.

Step 4: This will take you to the Export Manager page. On the left side of the page, select the correct file format for your chosen chosen citation manager. Then, click on the 'Save' button.

Image of CINAHL export manager. The 'Save' button is circled. The first option under 'Save citations to a file formatted for:" is circled.

Step 5: Open your chosen citation manger and upload the saved file.