Skip to main content


A guide for locating nursing information resources for nursing education, practice and research.



Drug Information

Loading ...

Searching for Qualitative and Quantitative Studies and the Basic Search Process

Basic Search for Qualitative Studies in CINAHL

Sample CINAHL search showing "qualitative Studies" in the first search box with the option set to MW Word in Subject, and "diabetes type 1" in the second search box

Basic Search for Quantitative Studies in CINAHL

Sample search from CINAHL showing "quantitative studies" in the first search box with MW Word in Subject selected as the option, and "multiple sclerosis" in the second search box.

Also consider using specific text words in your search such as: ethnography*, phenomenology*,  grounded theory*, purposive sample, hermeneutic*, heuristic*, semiotics, lived experience*, narrative*, life experiences, cluster sample, observational method*, content analysis, field stud*, theoretical sample, discourse analysis, focus group*, interview, ethnomethodology*

Searching for Qualitative Studies in PubMed

Search Process