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NTR 450: Nutrition in the Life Cycle I: Research Databases

Emphasizes nutritional needs and problems during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, and childhood.

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How to tell if a journal is peer reviewed

  1. Go to Ulrichs Web - a Research Database with information about journals and other publications
  2. Search for the journal title that your article was published in (for example: BMC Medicine)
  3. Look for this image next to the journal title:
    • This image indicates that the journal is 'Refereed,' another term that means 'Peer-Reviewed.'

For more information on peer-reviewed articles, see:

ASU Library Peer-Reviewed/Refereed Articles Self-Paced Tutorial

Differences between types of reviews


 Differences between a systematic review and other types of reviews | from Cochrane Library


"A systematic review identifies an intervention for a specific disease or other problem in health care, and determines whether or not this intervention works. To do this authors locate, appraise and synthesize evidence from as many relevant scientific studies as possible. They summarize conclusions about effectiveness, and provide a unique collation of the known evidence on a given topic, so that others can easily review the primary studies for any intervention.

Systematic reviews differ from other types of review in that they adhere to a strict design in order to make them more comprehensive, thus minimizing the chance of bias, and ensuring their reliability. Rather than reflecting the views of the authors, or being based on a partial selection of the literature, (as is the case with many articles and reviews that are not explicitly systematic), they contain all known references to trials on a particular intervention and a comprehensive summary of the available evidence. The reviews are therefore also valuable sources of information for those receiving care, as well as for decision makers and researchers."

Topic Overviews - Learn more about a topic to prepare for searching

MedlinePlus - About the resource  | Search a topic in English or Spanish and retrieve the most authoritative consumer health information gathered from trusted sources.  Get  substantial topic overviews with latest news, current treatments, diagnosis, treatment, related organizations, and more.  It's "one stop" shopping since your search retrieves/links to the best consumer health information from all the major health associations, i.e. American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association.|  Just like PubMed, MedlinePlus is developled by  National Institutes of Health and Medical Library Association| 

Nutrition Evidence Library - About the resource  | Search a topic and retrieve authoritative evidence-based nutrition information gathered from trusted sources.  Try out the Reviews and browse by 'Food/Dietary Patterns,' 'Nutrients,' 'Health Conditions,' 'Special Populations' (like Infant/Maternal), and more.  Evidence is based on systematic reviews carried out according to the USDA Evidence Library's published guidelines - viewable under 'Methodology.'

Research Databases - Search by Topic

 Research Databases 

When searching a database, click Get It!@ASU to find out how to access the full-text article.  

PubMed About the resource | Open Access! Search a topic to retrieve journal citations and abstracts  covering biomedicine and health, broadly defined to encompass those areas of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, or related educational activities. MEDLINE also covers life sciences vital to biomedical practitioners, researchers, and educators, including aspects of biology, environmental science, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry. Increased coverage of life sciences began in 2000.

CINAHL - About the resource  | Search a topic and retrieve journal citations covering nursing and allied heatlh journal literature  | Useful allied health areas include Athletic Training, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy and Rehabiliation. (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

Cochrane Library  - About the resource | A best evidence database |  Search your topic to find a full-text Cochrane Systematic Review (see "What is a CSR" in left column of this page) OR search to find a journal citation & abstact of a systematic review not yet done by Cochrane, but quality assessed OR  search to find a journal citation & abstract of a clinical trial taken from research databases i.e PubMed or EMBASE, published, and unpublished sources, i.e. conference proceedings.

Food Institute Database - About the resource| The Food Institute website is the best source for information related to the food industry whether it's recalls, company profiles or harvest updates.

Food Science and Technology Abstracts  - About the resource| Covers every aspect of food science, food technology & food-related human nutrition. Indexes worldwide scientific journals, patents, books, conference proceedings, reports, theses, standards, and legislation relating to food science and technology.

Physical Education Index -  About the resource | Search to retrieve journal citations on the topics covering biomechanics, kinesiology, coaching, curriculum, dance, health, history, law, measurement-evaluation, motor learning, patients pertaining to sporting goods and exercise equipment, perception, philosophy, physical education, physical fitness, physical therapy, recreation, research, sports activities, sports psychology, sport sociology, sports, sports medicince, teaching methods, and training.   

PsycInfo - About the resource |  Search a topic to retrieve journal citations and abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertation, and technical reports across the behavorial and social sciences.

SPORTS Discus- About the resource | Search a topic to retrieve journal citations and abstracts coverig all areas of sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, physical education & training. Full-text contains content from books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and journal & magazaine articles.

Web Of Science  - About the resource - Search a topic to retrieve journal and conference proceedings citations and abstracts with cross-disciplinary coverage across sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. 

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