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NUT 117 - Experimental Nutrition

Getting Started

Research Help

Nutritional Topic Ideas and Search Terms

Useful sources for finding recent research in all sciences, where you might find interesting topics, are the weekly magazines Science News and New Scientist. In addition, the premier journals SCIENCE and NATURE include the latest innovative research across the sciences. Premier licensed nutrition journals include The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Annual Review of NutritionClinical NutritionThe Journal of Nutrition (JN), and Advances in Nutrition.  Top open-access nutrition titles include BMC Nutrition.

Once you’ve picked your summary topic, you will need to think of search terms to use for locating articles and other publications. Use UC Library Search listed under Background below (for books, DVDs and more) and use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and also (for books owned at the medical libraries) the National Library of Medicine (NLM) terms. Each library subject database also has subject lists/thesauri that can help you precisely search your topic, e.g PubMed has MeSH and BIOSIS Previews has Concept Codes and more.

Key Resources for class

Before diving into your topic, locating some background information on the topic can be very helpful in refining your question.  Try these book and reference resources to better develop your personal knowledge on a topic.

See the books/ebooks section for suggestions of terms for UCD Library Catalog searching.

After doing some background research, dive into your summary topic with these core databases  (see databases section for a wider selection of databases).