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NTR 351: Nutrition Communication


Hi!  My name is Janice Hermer and I'm one of your Health Sciences Librarians at the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Library.  

This assignment should take you 30 minutes or less. Completing this assignment and the short library quiz at the end will prepare you for excellence in your NTR 351 projects.

Follow the steps below, then complete the short quiz.


Step 1: Get to know your ASU Library

Step 2: ASU Library doesn't have it?  We can get it for you!

Step 3: Set up your ILLIAD Account to use the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery service

Step 4: Become an ASU Library online resources Power User!

Step 5: Learn strategies to find scholarly research studies mentioned in health news

  1. What to look for in a health news article
  2. Use the news article information to search for the scholarly research source and get the full text

Step 6: Quiz

Comments and Suggestions

Step 1: Get to know your ASU Library

ASU Library is here to support you in your research and studying success!

Watch this 1 minute 'Library Minute' video for an overview of ASU Library resources, services, and locations:


Look for:

  1. How many library locations are available?
  2. How can you get to the online library at ASU?
  3. Can you request materials to come to any location?
  4. What are 'Library Guides?'
  5. What service can connect you to research assistance anytime?

Step 2: ASU Library doesn't have it? We can get it for you! (For free!)

Join Anali for a 'Library Minute' on the ASU Library Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery service


Look for:

  1. How quickly will you usually receive a scanned PDF of an article that you request via Interlibrary Loan?

Step 3: Set up your Illiad Account to use the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery service

1. Start at the ASU Library home page,

2. Click on 'My Accounts' on the black information bar across the page and select 'My Illiad Account.'



3. On the ILLIAD Account page, click on the red text, 'First time users.'

4. Follow the steps to create your ILLIAD Account.

5. Problems creating your account?  Contact the Interlibrary Loan office at: (480) 965-3282 or via email: 


Step 4: Become an ASU Library online resources Power User!

Join Anali for a 'Library Minute' on Online Access


Look for:

  1. What's the Library Toolbar?  How can it make you an online resources 'Power User'?

Step 5 - Part 1: What to look for in a health news article

Exercise regimens, fad diets, and nutritonal advice are popular topics in news stories. Sometimes these stories take their lead from scholarly research studies.  As Nutrition students, you can find, read, and evaluate these source studies and fact check the news stories.

When reading a news story that mentions a 'study' or 'research,' look for the following:

  • Study author name/s
  • Topic of original study or article
  • Where it was published (journal name or government report name)
  • Year or date the study was published
  • The institution where the study was conducted and/or where the author is from
  • A direct link!  
    • (Sometimes it's just that easy - although you still may need to use library resources to get free full text of a scholarly research study.)



Pomegranates and their health benefits are a popular topic.  Let's say a friend sends you a link to this a news story:

"Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries" 


This news story references a study from the journal Clinical Nutrition and links to a posting of the study's abstract (summary).

Although we still don't have the full text, there are a couple quick ways to get to it:

  • As an ASU student, you can check for full text via ASU Library's online resources
  • Type the title of the article into the Library OneSearch box and look for your result
  • Click on the title of the correct article and look under the record for "View It" or, if ASU doesn't own the resource click on "Get it" 


 This will take you to full text of the study

Last step!

Awesome!  You have completed this pre-library session assignment!

All that's left is to take your (short!) library quiz below - if you went through the steps above, you should ace it with ease! 

Comments or suggestions on this assignment?  Use the Feedback box below (the email address is optional - feel free to leave that blank for anonymous comments).  



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