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June 19, 2008

Major change coming to CINAHL in July 2008

Beginning in July 2008, the U’s method of access to CINAHL will change from the Ovid platform to the EBSCO platform. This change is a result of EBSCO purchasing the CINAHL database, and subsequently disallowing other vendors (like Ovid) to serve the database through their platforms. EBSCO will be the only source of access to CINAHL.

The EBSCO search interface is very different from Ovid, but the content of CINAHL itself (journals covered, record structure, subject headings, etc.) will not change. From now through the end of June, we will have access to CINAHL through both Ovid and EBSCO, so you can test out the EBSCO interface before the Ovid one is gone.

A bit of a complicating factor is that the EBSCO interface will be undergoing a change sometime in July, so what you see in EBSCO now will be changing soon. All these changes will hopefully lead to increased usability and functionality.

To access to CINAHL via EBSCO, go to http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/ebsco In the database list, CINAHL is toward the bottom of the page. Check the box beside it, and click the continue button.

You can view a brief tutorial on basic searching in CINAHL here: http://support.ebsco.com/training/flash_videos/CINAHLBasicSearching.html

If you have any autoalerts currently running in CINAHL, they will need to be recreated in the EBSCO system. Instructions for creating autoalerts in EBSCO are here: http://support.ebsco.com/help/index.php?help_topic_id=8

If you have questions or need help with anything involving the new CINAHL interface, contact Liz Fine at 612-624-6492 or evfine@umn.edu, or the Reference Desk at 612-626-3260 or medref@umn.edu.