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Nutritional Science

Getting Started

When researching nutritional studies, there are a variety of sources available to you.  The first step is selecting a topic and figuring out what types of sources of information you will need to use for your research.

If you need scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, you will want to start with a database. If you need background information, a good starting point would be a subject encyclopedia. 

If you need help figuring out where to begin, you may always contact me at or schedule an appointment at the bottom of this page.


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Electronic Reference Sources

Online encyclopedias are a good starting point for research.

Print Reference Sources


There are many print reference sources that are also good starting points for research. The following are shelved in the reference collection on the 3rd floor of Library South (Palmer Wing).

Foods & nutrition encyclopedia: (Volumes 1 & 2)  TX349 .F575 1994

Food for health: a nutrition encyclopedia:  TX349 .E475 2002

Encyclopedia of food sciences and nutrition: (Volumes 1-10)  TX349 .E63 2003

Encyclopedia of human nutrition: (Volumes 1-4)  QP141 .E526 2005

Encyclopedia of obesity:  (Volumes 1 & 2)  RC628 .E53 2008


Useful e-journals

Even though you can find journal articles in the Library's databases, below are some essential journals for this area that are available electronically. To find the journals, search the journal title within the OneSearch Journal Search.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 
Annual Review of Nutrition 
Clinical Nutrition 
European Journal of Nutrition 
Food Chemistry 
International Journal of Obesity 
Journal of Nutrition 
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 
Journal of Food Science

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