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Human Nutrition: Finding Articles

This Guide is designed to help students successfully find and use nutrition research

Use our best bet databases to find quality research in Human nutrition. Check out video tutorials on the right for more searching techniques.

Best Bet Databases

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Research Jargon

There are a lot of words that you will hear and say "what does that actually mean?" Here are some explanations:


Peer-Review (Refereed): The process an article may go through prior to being published. Peer-review involves multiple experts in a particular field reading an article, making comments and suggestions, and sending back to the author for revision. Not all articles are peer-reviewed.

Scholarly: An article whose intended audience is experts in their field and is written by experts. While most scholarly publications are peer-reviewed, they are not always. However, if an article is peer-reviewed, it is typically scholarly.

Popular: Articles that are published without going through the peer-review process. They are typically written for the general public. Examples of resources that offer popular articles include The New York Times, Time, and People. Popular articles may be edited, but this is not the same as peer-review.

Primary Sources:  are immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct  connection with it.

Secondary Sources:  are one step removed from primary sources, though they often quote or otherwise use primary sources. They can cover the same topic, but add a layer of interpretation and analysis.

Learn how to search!

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