Qualitative research can be challenging to find. The methodologies are not well indexed in subject databases. Below is a short guide that will help provide you with some basics tips and strategies on how to find qualitative research literature through health science databases like PubMed and CINAHL.
Strategy 1: Use Subject Headings
Strategy 2: Free Text Keywords
Strategy 3: Using filters
Qualitative Research Filters are pre-formulated search strategies that have been constructed by librarians to help you retrieve articles in databases that deal with qualitative research. You can use the filter and then combine the results with your subject.
In PubMed: There is a special query interface for Health Services Research, which has a category for Qualitative Research
In CINAHL: Refine/Limit the set to Clinical Queries. Select within the drop-down Clinical Queries menu: Qualitative-High Sensitivity; Qualitative-High Specificity; Qualitative-Best Balance. High Sensitivity is the broadest search, to include ALL relevant material, but may also include less relevant citations. High Specificity is the most targeted search to include only the most relevant result set, but may miss some relevant materials. Best Balance retrieves the best balance between the two.
Credit to: NYU Locating Qualitative Research guide: https://guides.nyu.edu/qualitativeresearch