The Cumulative Index of Nursing & Allied Health Literature database (CINAHL) is a comprehensive and authoritative source of information for nurses and allied health professionals.

How do I use CINAHL?

You can search CINAHL by looking for keywords in the title/abstract of documents or search by author name.

You can also search for information on a particular subject by using the thesaurus.

What does CINAHL do?

CINAHL contains references to journal articles, guidelines, manuscripts, dissertations and book chapters.

This authoritative resource also contains full text access to many journals in the field of nursing and allied health.

What information is available?

CINAHL covers all aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines including:

  • dental hygiene
  • medical/laboratory technology
  • occupational therapy
  • optometry
  • physiotherapy
  • radiologic technology
  • speech-language pathology
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • audiology
  • surgical technology


How do I access CINAHL?

To access CINAHL click on the CINAHL link on the healthcare databases page of this website and then log in with your NHS OpenAthens username and password.

Do I need a password?

Access to CINAHL requires an NHS OpenAthens Username and Password.

Need further help?

For help in using the database please see our training guide or contact your local NHS library.

You may also be interested in booking onto one of our healthcare databases training sessions which we are offering at various locations in the city.