Comparison of CINAHL® via EBSCOhost®, Ovid®, and ProQuest®

Melody M. Allison

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


CINAHL® database characteristics were examined in three vendor products. A number of unanticipated variations concerning category terms, field tags and their definitions, and search results are noted and discussed. Interface highlights are also explored. Knowing the characteristics of the vendor interface being used allows the searcher to accommodate unique variations when helpful or necessary. Usefulness of interface characteristics and features, display settings, and content are framed by the user's experiences, needs, and preferences. This investigation will be of assistance to those who wish to compare characteristics of three major CINAHL versions, and will be of interest and value to any CINAHL user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 21 2006


  • Bibliographic databases
  • Comparative analysis
  • Comparative study
  • Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health
  • Database vendors
  • EBSCOhost
  • Indexes and abstracts
  • Ovid
  • ProQuest
  • Search engines
  • Vendor interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Library and Information Sciences


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