Food, Nutrition & Dietetics Research Guide
The major purpose of class assignments is to write a paper based on your search of published literature. The purpose of the research guide is to introduce you to the process of literature search and familiarize you with a variety of sources available for you.
Select a topic that is of interest to you. If in doubt, talk to your instructor regarding a chosen topic. You might want to seek help from reference librarians who are knowledgeable about search strategies necessary for locating needed information.
First, gather background information of your topic in general or specialized encyclopedias. These reference sources provide useful overviews of a topic and may include in their bibliographies resources you can further use in your paper. Then, search the CUNY online catalog or other catalogs to find relevant books.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
- The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries (Ref. HD9000.5 .B875 2007)
- Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food (Ref. TX370 .S63 2006)
- Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition (Ref. QP141 .E526 2005, 4 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (Ref. GT2850 .E53 2003, 3 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (Ref. QR115 .E53 2000, 3 vols.)
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (Ref. TX349 .E45 2004, 2 vols.)
- Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements (Ref. QP771 .E53 1996)
- The CUNY Catalog
- Search for books at the Queens College libraries, as well as other CUNY libraries.
- Other Library Catalogs
- Search the library catalogs of regional libraries such as the Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, New York University, Columbia University, etc.
- Search for books in the national catalog for the United States and Canada. Includes holdings from libraries in other parts of the world, primarily European or English-speaking.
Articles (Search Databases)
Use online databases or periodical indexes to select journal articles you want to read. A journal article is written by a scholar or an expert, and provides a detailed analysis of a topic. Sometimes, searching one database is not enough. Search multiple databases to obtain the most comprehensive information. You can find bibliographic citations to books and journal articles, as well as full text of some documents.
Most of the databases listed below are available for Queens College faculty and students through the library subscriptions and could be found on the QC Libraries Home page.
- Academic Search Complete
- Culinary Arts Collection
- The Collection includes 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines and academic journals as well as reference books from Delmar - Cengage Learning. It provides access to searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
- Health Reference Center Academic
- Nursing and allied health journals, as well as personal health information sources. For topics such as fitness, pregnancy, occupational safety and health, prescription drugs.
- Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
- Scholarly journals in many medical disciplines. Includes Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, covering 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. For topics such as nursing, allied health, prescription drugs.
- Free access to biomedical information. Citations from Index Medicus, International Nursing Index, Index to Dental Literature, HISTLINE, SPACELINE, PREMEDLINE, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, HealthSTAR. Covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health.
- MEDLINE (EBSCO)
- Citations from Index Medicus, International Nursing Index, Index to Dental Literature, HISTLINE, SPACELINE, PREMEDLINE, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, HealthSTAR, covering medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health.
- Nursing and Allied Health Collection
- Provides information which is aimed to nursing students, physician's assistant students, and researchers in allied health fields. The database covers nearly all aspects of nursing profession, including specialized care, and treatment and management of all sorts of patients.
- Physical Education Index
- Feature a wide variety of content, ranging from physical education curricula, to sports medicine.
- Science Citation Index Expanded
- Access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from the leading scholarly science and technical journals in more than 150 disciplines.
- Science Direct (Elsevier)
- Articles from over 900 journals in science, technology, and medicine.
Journals (Browse E-Journals)
Click on the title to search electronic version of the journal (e-journal). The print version of most journals has been cancelled and replaced by electronic access.
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- Annual Review of Nutrition
- Food and Foodways
- Food & Nutrition Research
- International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research
- Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
- Journal of Cereal Science
- Journal of Food Science
- Journal of Food Science Education
- Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
- Journal of Nutrition
- Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
- Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly
- Journal of the American College of Nutrition
- Journal of the American Dietetic Association
- Nutrition Research
- Nutrition Today
In addition, you might consider searching the Internet/World Wide Web to locate valuable information in your field of study published by the federal government or government agencies, professional societies, academic institutions or research centers. Always evaluate the quality of information you identify and retrieve.
- The National Agricultural Library Catalog (AGRICOLA)
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
- Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- MedlinePlus: Nutrition (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
- PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset
Associations, Societies & Organizations
Universities, Colleges & Research Centers
- Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (FNES), Queens College (CUNY)
- Nutrition and Consumer Protection (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
- Complementary/Integrative Medicine (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas)
- Cornell NutritionWorks (Cornell University, New York)
- Nutrition and Food Science Literature (University of Maryland Libraries)
- Information Resource: About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York)
- Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity (Yale University)
- Nutrition Information and Resource Center (Food and Science Department, College of Agricultural Sciences, Pennsylvania State University)
- Nutrition and Food Safety Resources (Colorado State University)
- Dietary Reference Intakes (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences)