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NFS 4110 Capstone in Nutritional Sciences: Databases

Course Guide for Dr. Tuuri's NFS 4110 class. This is a great starting place for research.

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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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.

Remember: Databases are NOT like Google. You cannot type in a full question and expect results. Databases use KEYWORDS to search. If you are having trouble with results, try changing your keywords. Use your thesaurus and find other words to search your subject. 

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.

Remember: Databases are NOT like Google. You cannot type in a full question and expect results. Databases use KEYWORDS to search. If you are having trouble with results, try changing your keywords. Use your thesaurus and find other words to search your subject. 

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.

Remember: Databases are NOT like Google. You cannot type in a full question and expect results. Databases use KEYWORDS to search. If you are having trouble with results, try changing your keywords. Use your thesaurus and find other words to search your subject. 

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