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Nutrition Research: Healthy Eating

Marge Peters . (630) 942-2337 . petersm@cod.edu


FIND A TOPIC
Think about what interests you -- nutition by life stage (children, adolescents, pregnancy...), supplements, diets, vitamin deficiencies, anorexia, bulimia. So many choices!

USE BOOKS AND VIDEOS
Click on COD Library Catalog (http://lrc.cod.edu)
Do a SUBJECT search on your topic. May want to start with the term Nutrition and check the subdivisions.
Both books and audiovisual materials will be listed in the catalog.

GOOD REFERENCE WORKS!

RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC IN JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES
Click on Databases on green bar .

Use these databases:

Each of these databases has a slightly different way of searching . Most allow you to limit to ONLY full text articles, only scholarly journal articles, and to a particular time frame.

WEBSITES (Use control button and mouse click to connect)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

•  Nutrition.gov Easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.

•  Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion This center develops and promotes dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

MyPlate Successor to MyPyramid to give guidance on better food choices and portion control.

•  Food & Nutrition Information Center A service of the National Agricultural Library, provides accurate and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.

•  National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Look up calorie, nutrient, fat, protein, fiber and carbohydrate values of many foods.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

•  Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity Resources to help prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition.

•  Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals Many links for nutrition-related health sources.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

•  Office of Dietary Supplements Scientific literature on Dietary Supplements. Great dietary fact sheets.

•  CARDS: Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements Research and abstracts of literature related to dietary suplements.

SEARCH ENGINES AND DIRECTORIES

Yahoo is an example of a human-indexed directory of the internet, along with search engine features Nutrition sources can be found at http://dir.yahoo.com/Health/Nutrition/

Search engines , such as Google, or Ask.com match key words via software programs called "robots" or "spiders". See links from Library Home Page. Most programs only require the entry of all terms wanted--it only returns pages that include all of your search terms. For a better search, use quotation marks ("....") around phrases: "Vitamin D"

Evaluate health websites carefully: Link to Tips on finding and evaluating health sites: http://www.cod.edu/library/libweb/Kakuk/consumer_health.htm#fi

SEARCH FOR STREAMING VIDEO

Use Google's advanced video search: http://www.google.com/advanced_video_search Enter words or a phrase to search. Click a choice for Language (English) and Duration (Short < 4 minutes probably best).

Go to Yahoo at http://video.yahoo.com. Enter term(s)you want presented in video. Be sure to watch the timing --some of these streaming videos are over one hour in length.
Go to Blinkx at http://www.blinkx.com and type in term(s) you wish to match. Click on the thumbnail of videos you wish to see. Sometimes ads precede the content if on an advertiser-sponsored channel (Fox and others). YouTube videos may load slowly, if at all.

Citing sources: APA

  • The Library's Citing Sources Guide
    APA styles with links to helpful websites and a citation formatting program. Note link to NoodleBib to help format citations.
    http://www.cod.edu/library/research/citenet.htm
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