Selected Resources for: Nutrition, Clinical

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Subject Librarian:

Katherine Chew

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

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

OVID, like PubMed, is an interface to search the MEDLINE database. It includes citations from the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical 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: *.

NO LONGER CURRENT. Due to budget pressures, we have canceled our subscription to BIOSIS Previews. Although you will continue to be able to access the database, no new articles will be added after January 2011.

Covers the biological and medical sciences, including biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology, botany, environment, microbiology, and zoology. Provides citations and abstracts to articles, conference papers, technical reports and chapters of books from over 5000 publications.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 10 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

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.

Primary source of journal article access for the health sciences - the campus version provides full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries.

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, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.

General Reference Sources


This dictionary is intended for anyone who enjoys food and would like a handy, non-technical guide to the terms they encounter on food labels, in advertising, or in the media. With entries on food groups as diverse as shellfish (abalone, whelks) and condiments (mignonette, salsa) and clear explanations of technical terms such as hyperalimentation and Zeocarb, the dictionary is the most comprehensive of its kind.

Nutrition and Diet Therapy Reference Dictionary

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.

Nutrition and Health Dictionary

Includes metabolic maps for tracing nutrients from ingestion to incorporation and elimination; also additives, natural toxins, and food processings in relationship to health and disease


CRC Desk Reference for Nutrition

Includes many common medical terms as well as descriptions of biochemical pathways, physiological processes, and nutrition-related genetic diseases

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

Covers aspects of food, nutrition, and health with historical and interpretive context. Also includes recommended daily allowances and deficiency symptoms of some nutrients

Handbooks and Manuals

American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide

Contents: Pt. I. Eat smart, live well: it’s about you! Food choices: a fit you! -- Pt. II. Healthful eating: the basics. Your healthy weight -- Fat facts -- Vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients: variety on your plate! -- Carbs: simply complex -- Fiber: your body’s broom -- Sodium and potassium: a salty subject -- Fluids: the power of water -- Pt. III. Smart eating: the consumer marketplace. What’s on today’s table? -- Planning to eat smart -- Savvy shopping -- The safe kitchen -- Kitchen nutrition: delicious decisions -- Your food away from home -- Pt. IV. Food for health: every age, every stage of life. Off to a healthy start -- Food to grow on -- For women only -- For mature adults: healthful eating! -- Pt. V. Healthful eating: special issues. Athlete’s guide: winning nutrition -- The vegetarian way -- Sensitive about food -- Smart eating to prevent and manage disease -- Supplements: use and abuse -- Pt. VI. Resources: more about healthful eating. Well informed?

McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods

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.

Internet Directory

Provides a brief description and links to material that is relevant to nutrition.

Web Sites

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.

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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

APA Style Guide to Electronic References

Published in 2007, this guide includes APA's latest rules for how to reference electronic sources.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.

Writing Guides

Contents Research, researchers, and readers -- Prologue: Becoming a researcher -- Thinking in print: Uses of research, public and private -- Connecting with your reader: (Re-)creating yourself and your audience -- Asking questions, finding answers -- Prologue: Planning your project - an overview -- From topics to questions -- From questions to a problem -- From problems to sources -- Engaging sources -- Making a claim and supporting it -- Prologue: Assembling a research argument -- Making good arguments: Overview -- Making claims -- Assembling reasons and evidence -- Acknowledgments and responses -- Warrants -- Planning, drafting, and revising -- Prologue: Planning again -- Planning -- Drafting your report -- Revising your organization and argument -- Communicating evidence visually -- Introductions and conclusions-- Revising style: Telling your story clearly -- Some last considerations.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper.

Pt. I. Some preliminaries. What is scientific writing? -- Historical perspectives -- Approaching a writing project -- What is a scientific paper? -- Ethics in scientific publishing -- Where to submit your manuscript -- Pt. II. Preparing the text. How to prepare the title -- How to list the authors and addresses -- How to prepare the abstract - How to write the introduction -- How to write the materials and methods section --How to write the results -- How to write the discussion -- How to state the acknowledgments -- How to cite the references -- Pt. III. Preparing the tables and figures. How to design effective tables -- How to prepare effective graphs -- How to prepare effective photographys -- Pt. IV. Publishing the paper. Rights and permissions -- How to submit the manuscript -- The review process (how to deal with editors) -- The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) -- Pt. V. Doing other writing for publication. How to write a review paper -- How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) -- How to write a book chapter or a book -- How to write for the public -- Pt. VI. conference communications. How to present a paper orally -- How to prepare a poster -- How to write a conference report -- Pt. VII. Scientific style. Use and misuse of English -- Avoiding jargon -- How and when to use abbreviations -- Writing clearly across cultures and media -- How to write science in English as a foreign language -- Pt. VIII. Other topics in scientific communication. How to write a thesis -- How to prepare a curriculum vitae -- How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports -- How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one -- How to work with the media -- How to provide peer review -- How to seek a scientific-communication career.

Library Information

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