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Use this page to find research resources for your nutrition presentation.
Contact the Library if you need any help!
Find Journal Articles
Try one or several of these databases to search for scholarly articles on your topic. Remember, you need at least one scholarly article for your presentation. If there's a specific journal that you like to use you can look for it in our Journal Finder below and browse for your topic. 

CINAHL Plus with Full Text Restricted Resource
CINAHL PlusSearch 3,000+ journals in nursing and allied health back to 1937 covering nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, and consumer health. CINAHL includes health care books, dissertations, standards of practice, and evidence-based care sheets.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database Restricted Resource
Full text articles from over 900 nursing and allied health publications.

ScienceDirect College Ed.: Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection Restricted Resource
Science DirectThe Health & Life Sciences Journal Collection offers leading literature online in the health and life sciences, including health and nursing professions, biology, and environmental sciences.

Health Reference Center - Academic Restricted Resource
Health Reference Center Academic logoSearch for articles on medicine, nursing and allied health.
Refine Your Search
Some database searches return millions of results. To avoid an overwhelming result list and ensure you get the types of articles you're looking for, try some of the advanced search options. These are the most common limiters but there are many options in the databases:

limit to full text
limit to articles published within the last 5 years (this is a requirement for this assignment)
choose the language of publication (not all articles are published in English)

The example below is from CINHAL Plus but similar options are available in the other databases. If you don't see these options try clicking on "Advanced Search" before entering any terms in the search box. Click here to view a larger version of the image below: CINAHLadvancedsearchsnip.jpg jpg

You do not have to select "full text." This ensures that the title you're looking for is available through the database but sometimes it means you miss out on valuable information. If you choose not to select full text you can still access many of the articles that are not available through the database through Interlibrary Loan. Try "check for full text" first. Often the article you're looking for is available through another database and our system will take you to it. If that doesn't work you can request through ILL. Look for "Interlibrary Loan Request," "Get article from another library," or a similar link. You'll be required to enter your StarID and password to submit the form and you can check the status of any ILL requests in your library account. 

Search by Subject Headings
Supercharge your searching by using medical subject headings to find relevant articles.

Browse Articles by Journal Title
Journal Title Search

If you know the name of the journal you want to search, use the Journal Title Search to see if it is available in print or online from the library.


American Journal of Nursing
MedSurg Nursing
Journal of Community Nursing
Nursing Management

**Hint: Select "Title contains all words" and search Nursing to find all journals that contain the word Nursing in the title.**

Two especially useful journals:
  • Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Restricted Resource
    Here you can find full text articles from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, ranging from the start of the Journal in 2012 to the present. Prior to 2012, this publication was known as the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, but you can search for articles from both journal names here.
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association Restricted Resource
    Here you can find full-text articles from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association from 1995 to 2011, when the name was then changed to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Normandale library subscribes to the following nursing journals in print:

American Journal of Nursing
Journal of Nursing Education
Nursing Research

Browse these journals for articles and topic ideas. Current issues do not circulate but back issues are available at the circulation desk and may be checked out for a week at a time. 
Search the Library Catalog
Book Search

Book Search searches the listing of books and ebooks available at the Normandale Library.

Find Web Resources
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (
Eat Right, the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has many resources for consumers on nutrition-related topics and conditions.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
FARE is the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative. The website has many educational articles for consumers managing food allergies.
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Call or e-mail a librarian if you need further research assistance. We're happy to help!

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Rebecca Hranj
Library Faculty - Reference & Instruction

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Use Library Resources Off Campus
Access Databases from Off Campus
In order to access databases and other Library resources from off campus, login with your StarID and password when prompted.  Off-campus access to library databases is only available to current Normandale students, staff, and faculty.
Identify Types of Sources
Understanding Scholarly Sources
When conducting research, it is important to distinguish between different types of articles. This guide explains the differences between scholarly, popular, and trade publications using examples from the food/nutrition world!
Cite Your Sources!
APA Quick Guide
A guide to APA citation format based on the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

If you need more specific help with APA style the APA web site has a tutorial on their web site. You can choose which sections of the tutorial you want to watch by clicking on the titles on the right. 

APA Style Basics Tutorial
Note: Guide from the American Psychological Association. Requires Flash and Internet Explorer. 

Don't forget that our catalog and scholarly databases provide citations for you! Look for "citation" or "cite this" when you're looking at the record for an article or book. Choose APA and be sure to double check the formatting--they're not always 100% accurate and it's a silly place to lose points. 

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