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NFS 4021 Contemporary Topics in Nutrition: Databases

Course Guide for NFS 4021. This is a great starting place for your research.

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Databases and Tutorials

Databases organize information into easily accessible information. They can contain journal articles, journals, eBooks, scholarly articles, and much more. They do not always have full text access to resources but they will always be searchable. 

Databases organize information into easily accessible information. They can contain journal articles, journals, eBooks, scholarly articles, and much more. They do not always have full text access to resources but they will always be searchable. 

Databases organize information into easily accessible information. They can contain journal articles, journals, eBooks, scholarly articles, and much more. They do not always have full text access to resources but they will always be searchable. 

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Understanding MeSH

    

Many libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System or Dewey to organize and find information, however, if the topic is of a medical nature, you will want to use MeSH headings and terminology. "MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus" - U.S. National Library of Medicine. It is a vocabulary that gives "uniformity and consistency" and is updated annually. 

Many databases use MeSH subject headings. Instead of using the term, "Senior Citizen," the proper MeSH term is: "Aged". The scope note can give you more details if you are unsure if you are using the term correctly. In this case, "Aged" is: "A person 65 through 79 years of age. For a person older than 79 years, AGED, 80 AND OVER is available."

Databases that use MeSH terms include (but are not limited to):

  • PubMed
  • CINAHL Complete
  • Medline
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
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