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Is the Source Scholarly?
The library's databases include popular publications like newspapers and magazines and scholarly (academic) and professional journals as well. What's the difference? The audience for a popular publication is the general public. The information may be excellent, and often is in the publications the library subscribes to. In fact, popular science publications often report on the reports and studies published in academic science publications. Check your assignment to see which kind of information sources you are required to use for your assignment.
How can you tell if a source is popular or scholarly? Look at the title and description -- you might have to Google the magazine and check its homepage. Chances are if it is called a journal it is scholarly or professional. If you're still not sure, ask us!
Peer Review in 3 Minutes (3:16)
Selected Peer-reviewed Journals
Below are links to selected peer-reviewed journals in Nutrition. See even more peer-reviewed journals. Check the box for peer-review journals.
How to Read a Scholarly Article
You do not have to read every word of a scholarly article--especially at first. Start with the abstract, then scan the introduction. This 5 minute video outlines a strategy for reading scholarly articles.
These databases contain popular and scholarly publications and should have information for your nutrition assignments. See also search tips and techniques or a complete list of library databases.
BMC has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine.
CDC Stacks is a free, digital archive of scientific research and literature produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This repository is retained indefinitely and is available for public health professionals, researchers, as well as the general public. CDC Stacks provides access to current CDC research and literature such as the Open Access Collection. As a fully-featured repository, CDC stacks provides the ability to search the full text of all documents, browse journal articles by public health subjects, and explore the curated collections of documents on relevant topics.
Health & Medical Collection
Clinical and biomedical topics, consumer health, health administration and more. Dates covered: 1986 to present. Can also be searched via ProQuest Central.
MEDLINE (via EBSCO)
Created by the United States National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is an authoritative bibliographic database, which means it contains citations and abstracts, for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers. Because we have other databases with the full text of some of these citations, you will also see full text results if you search through the MCC Library's Medline. If you search it on the web, you may find open access full text articles, too.
Science Full Text Select
Covers science including acoustics, agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics, earth science, robotics and more. Content: Full text for more than 400 journals. Dates covered: 1994 to present.
Includes the MEDLINE database plus several million additional citations and abstracts from journals and books in the areas of medical and life sciences. Often links to full-text articles some of which are free.
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