Welcome to the Nutrition Research Guide.
Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in nutrition classes.
If you need additional help, my contact info is to the right, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian.
Pick a Topic
Think about what interests you: nutrition by life stage (children, adolescents, pregnancy...), supplements, diets, vitamin deficiencies, anorexia, bulimia. If you're feeling lost, try:
Look for topics under Food and Nutrition under Health Topics or search your topic in the Search bar. Links to medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, information in Spanish and other languages
Look at Nutrition and Physical Activity topics. The U.S. government's directory of authoritative health information including links to online journals, medical dictionaries, and prevention and self-care information
Search for your nutrition topic in the search bar. Easy-to-understand information on health and medical topics, all reviewed for accuracy by Mayo Clinic experts. (A service of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
Feeling like you need some help getting started on your topic? Check out one of the following reference books to get some background information, names, and/or dates that will help your search.
- Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Online.
- Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence. Online.
- Gale Encyclopedia of Diets. Online.
- Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels. Online
- CRC Desk Reference for Nutrition. Online.
- Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition. 10 v. Reference TX349 .E46 2003
- Encyclopedia of Foods: a Guide to Healthy Nutrition. Reference TX349 .E475 2002 and Online.
- Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition. Online.
- Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health. Reference RA784 .R646 2003 (online)
- Food Composition and Nutrition Tables. Reference TX551 .S733 2000
- Mosby's Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements. Online
- Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z. 2 v. Reference RA784 .N838 2004
To find books or videos on your topic:
Click on Catalog at the top of your screen.
Type in a couple of keywords about your topic. Select what types of materials you'd like to find.
Take a look at the results that appear and be ready to explore. For example, a search for fasting and juice produced the following titles:
Clicking on the title Can Diets Be Harmful and then clicking on Description leads to the following chapter list, which looks promising:
Write down the title, location and call number of the item and come to the reference desk in the library to get help in finding the book.
Finding Nutrition Models
Curious to know what portion sizes look like? Want to know how much salt or fat is in certain foods? Check out our nutrition models.
Journal and Magazine Research
Each of the databases here requires a COD library card. Check out the full list of health and medicine databases.
- Health Source Consumer Edition Access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, pamphlets, and reference books.
- Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also includes information on hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements.
- ScienceDirect Academic research articles on scientific topics, including health & nutrition.
- Medline is an index database with millions of medical research articles. Remember to check the Journal Locator for full-text of your articles, as well as Interlibrary Loan.
MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine
Search for nutrition-related health topics such as: calcium; child nutrition; cholesterol; dietary fats; dietary fiber; eating disorders; food labeling; infant and toddler nutrition; nutrition for seniors; nutritional support; obesity; vegetarianism; vitamins and minerals; weight loss and dieting; and food, nutrition and metabolism
World Health Organization (WHO): Nutrition
Provides information on the numerous nutrition activities supervised by WHO including: growth assessment and surveillance, nutrition in development and crisis, country-focused nutrition policies and programs, and reduction of micronutrient malnutrition
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
- Nutrition.gov Find easy access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.
- Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion develops and promotes dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
- Choose My Plate gives guidance on better food choices and portion control.
- Food & Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) provides accurate and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, as well as consumers. Sponsored by the National Agricultural Library.
- Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Look up calorie, nutrient, fat, protein, fiber and carbohydrate values of many foods.
- The Frequently Asked Questionsr from the Department of Agriculture has good information on the topics consumers are most curious about.
- USDA-SuperTracker an online dietary and physical activity assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, physical activity status, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient and physical activity information. The Food Calories/Energy Balance feature automatically calculates your energy balance by subtracting the energy you expend from physical activity from your food calories/energy intake. SuperTracker follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.
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 for Streaming Video
Use Google's advanced video search: to search for videos related to your topic. Enter words or a phrase to search. Click a choice for Language (English) and Duration (Short < 4 minutes probably best).
Head to Yahoo's video search. Enter term(s)you want presented in video. Some of these streaming videos are over one hour in length.
Search for your topic at Blinkx. 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.
Find directions about how to cite your sources on the library citation guide.
Most databases will have a Cite link that you can also click to get article citations.
Finally, you are welcome to use NoodleBib if you'd like to use a program to create and organize your citations. You must "Create a New Folder" when you use NoodleBIB for the first time. Click on "I am citing a(n):," choose the type of item you are citing, and then fill in the online form. Your bibliography will be formatted for you.