If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, call:


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Searching CANE's Database

The CANE database may be searched to obtain citations and brief summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as books, agency reports, transcripts of hearings, videos, online resources and training materials addressing the abuse and neglect, self-neglect, and financial exploitation of elders.

Search tips

When you first begin to search, the simplest option (keyword search) is shown. You can start by entering a general keyword and then narrow your results by adding more keywords or using the more advanced options. (Advanced Search Options , top right, reveals the options.) Note that subsequent searches continue to narrow the selection by using the criteria you have already entered and adding more to them. If you have narrowed your search too much, use your web browser's BACK button. If you want to start over, clear the checkmark labeled "Search within current selection" to clear the criteria.

You can also limit your search by selecting certain categories of entries and specific media types other than journal articles. You can do this by combining catetory and media keywords with content area keywords. For example, if you are serahing for traing materials for bankers, enter "training" (category keyword) and "bank" (content area keyword). To narrow this example even further to identify only online trainging for bankers, search within the results by adding "online" as an additional keyword.

Category Keywords:

  • Public Awareness
  • Training
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Hearing
  • Report

Media Keywords:

  • Book
  • Online
  • Brochure
  • Video
  • PowerPoint
  • CD-ROM
  • Webcast

As a general rule, case does not matter in searches (except for the logical expressions AND, OR, and AND NOT), and all punctuation including spaces will be searched for as entered. The database may be searched using the following identifiers:

  • Keyword–
    The keyword identifiers entered with the articles appear when you type any letters; typing more letters refines the list. You can select the keyword you want with the mouse or arrow keys and press the ENTER key or click the SEARCH button.
  • Words or phrases appearing in the Title –
    Whatever you enter is read by the search engine as a phrase. So if you want all articles with “physical abuse” in the title, enter physical abuse. But if you want all titles with both those words in any order, enter physical, click SEARCH, enter abuse, and click SEARCH again. (Expert searchers can even use physical AND abuse for the same result.)
  • AuthorNames –
    Last name, first initial will return the most precise results. For example, if you are looking for the works written by Rosalie Wolf, you can enter Wolf, R in the title field. If you enter a part of a name, you will get all matches in which that segment appears. For example; if you enter Wolf without the comma you will see all authors with the last name Wolf , or wolf as part of the name, such as Wolfe, Wolfson, Rosewolfe, etc.
    This is very helpful when you are unsure of a spelling.
  • Words or phrases appearing in the Abstract–
    This is the most powerful search. You may have to use it over and over to narrow your results sufficiently.
  • Words or phrases appearing in the Journal Title –
    Even if you think you know the exact title, you may get the best results by entering one word at a time and repeating the search to narrow the titles down.

If you are having difficulty in finding references on a specific topic, try using synonyms of key concepts. For example, you may want to search on the phrase "nursing home" or "nursing facility" or “institutional care".

Please contact the CANE office at


if you need any assistance.

Remember, we continue to update the database as new reference materials are acquired.