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CINAHL Publication Types

In CINAHL, what are research instruments?

Research Instruments are measurement tools (for example, questionnaires or scales) designed to obtain data on a topic of interest from research subjects.

Beginning in 1994, CINAHL began indexing research instruments as a publication type. However, other CINAHL records may also include information about research instruments. To find a work that is a published research instrument, search for a Publication Type of RESEARCH INSTRUMENT. This indicates the work indexed is actually a research instrument.

  1. Search using search terms for your topic and then
  2. Click Search Options
  3. Next to Publication Types, click Research Instrument.
  4. Click Search

CINAHL Instrumentation

To find a body of work that uses a specific research instrument, search using the particular name of the research instrument as an INSTRUMENTATION in the drop-down list.

  1. Enter the specific name of the research instrument and
  2. Select INSTRUMENTATION from the drop-down list
  3. Click Search

CINAHL Subject Headings

To search for material about research instruments, search for RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS as a Subject Heading in the drop-down list. Records have major subject headings and minor subject headings. Major subject headings indicate the primary or major topics of the work. Minor subject headings indicate less important or minor topics of the work.

  1. Enter the specific name of the research instrument and select Subject Heading from the drop-down list
  2. Click Search

OR

  1. Enter a topic in the first search box and
  2. Enter RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS in the second search box and select Subject Heading from the drop-down list
  3. Click Search

MW Word in Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase anywhere in the subject heading fields


MH Exact Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that exactly matches an existing subject heading anywhere in the subject heading fields


MJ Word in Major Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that is a major topic of the work anywhere in the Major subject heading field


MM Exact Major Subject Heading = search for a word or phrase that exactly matches an existing subject heading that is a major topic of the work anywhere in the subject heading fields