Nutrition Guide

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.

  1. Pick a Topic
  2. Books/Videos & Models
  3. Articles
  4. Websites
  5. Citation

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)

Reference Books

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.

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:

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Clicking on the title Can Diets Be Harmful and then clicking on Description leads to the following chapter list, which looks promising:

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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.

Each database 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.

Government Websites

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):
  • 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)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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.

Citing Sources

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.