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Katherine Chew

This subject covers: the dietary and nutritional management of a disease by a physician.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Search MEDLINE databases for journal articles in the health sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search here to find citations and abstracts for articles from over 600 periodicals, as well as USDA and state experiment station and extension publications, and selected books on agriculture, animal husbandry, animal and human nutrition, forestry, plant pathology, plant science, human ecology, agricultural economics, rural sociology. The basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.

CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, has a multidisciplinary scope covering nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, biomedicine, consumer health, health sciences librarianship and selected standards of professional practice.

This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.

The subset is designed to limit search results to citations from a broad spectrum of dietary supplement literature including vitamin, mineral, phytochemical, ergogenic, botanical, and herbal supplements in human nutrition and animal models.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

General Reference Sources


"This leading dictionary contains over 6,150 entries covering all aspects of food and nutrition, diet and health. Jargon-free definitions make this a valuable dictionary that clearly explains even the most technical of nutritional terms. From absinthe to zymogens , it covers types of food (including everyday foods and little-known foods, e.g. payusnaya ), nutritional information, vitamins, minerals, and key scientific areas including metabolism and genomics." "This new and fully revised edition features many entry-level web links, updated and conveniently accessible via the Dictionary of Food and Nutrition companion website, providing relevant extra information. Expanded appendices contain a wealth of useful material, including Recommended Daily Allowance lists." "An essential A-Z for nutritionists, food manufacturers, caterers, health-care students, food science/technology students, and anyone who has an interest in, or enjoys, food and wants to find out more about what they eat."

Covers aspects of nutrition, including assessment, drug nutrient interactions, laboratory interpretations, enteral and parenteral nutrition support, community and public health nutrition, and nutrition throughout the life cycle.


Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Handbooks and Manuals

1. Introduction: 1. Background. 2. Sources of data and methods of evaluation. 3. Arrangement of the tables. 4. The definition and expression of nutrients. 5. The variability of nutrients in foods. 6. Bioavailability of nutrients. 7. Calculation of nutrient intakes using the tables. 8. Potential pitfalls when using the tables. 9. Food labelling -- 2. Tables: 1. Cereals and cereal products. 2. Milk and milk products. 3. Eggs and egg dishes. 4. Fats and oils. 5. Meat and meat products. 6. Fish and fish products. 7. Vegetables. 8. Herbs and spices. 9. Fruit. 10. Nuts. 11. Sugars, preserves and snacks. 12. Beverages. 13. Alcoholic beverages. 14. Soups, sauces and miscellaneous foods -- 3. Additional tables: 1. Phytosterols. 2. Alternative ways of measuring dietary fibre. 3. Carotenoid fractions. 4. Vitamin E fractions. 5. Vitamin K₁ -- 4. Appendices: 1. Analytical techniques used for thetables. 2. Calculation of nutrient contents for foods 'as purchased' or 'as served'. 3. Cooked foods and dishes. 4. Recipes. 5. Alternative and taxonomic names. 6. References. 7. Food index.

Official National Research Council recommendations for daily intake of most specific nutrients.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

Includes interactive DRI, tables, reports and historical comparisons with RDA is a portal to nutrition information across the agencies of the Federal Government.

Web Sites

CDC nutrition efforts cover a wide spectrum of related topics. Good nutrition is vital to good health, disease prevention, and essential for healthy growth and development of children and adolescents. Includes resources for health professionals, such as data & statistics; policy & legislation; fact sheets; reports and more.

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations., a news source and clinical resource center designed for healthcare professionals who integrate diet and nutrition into patient consultations. The website offers practitioners comprehensive access to: (*) Late-breaking news related to nutrition and disease management (*) Dedicated topic centers for diabetes, oncology, renal disease, wound care, and pediatrics (*) Consultative resources including patient handouts, in-services, professional refreshers, (*) fact sheets, newsletters, and standardized policies and procedures

The Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) collaborates with stakeholders and leading scientists to conduct a wide range of systematic review projects to inform federal nutrition policy and programs. The systematic review process used by the NEL seeks to objectively gather, organize, evaluate, describe, and synthesize research to answer important food- and nutrition-related questions. These systematic reviews are fully documented and available on the USDA Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL) website ( The website facilitates transparency of the complete body of scientific evidence used and key decisions made throughout the systematic review process. USDA, as well as other federal agencies and stakeholders, leverage these trustworthy systematic reviews when making key decisions that influence nutrition policy, dietary guidance, nutrition education, and communication efforts. NEL systematic reviews also identify research gaps and describe what research is needed to better inform future recommendations and policy.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Contains over 2000 links to current and reliable nutrition information.

Provides nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this new and improved search feature. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items. Reports give information on proximates, minerals, vitamins, lipids and amino acids.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Writing Guides

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

Library Information

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