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Nutrition 210 (Kole): Research Tips from your Classmates

This research guide will point you toward print/online research resources and strategies available to you for your Research Paper Assignment in Nutrition 210. Use this guide throughout the research process to help you have the best support

Advice from Your Fellow Classmates

During a Spring 2018 NUTR 210 Library Instruction Session, I asked students to share their methods/strategies/advice with respect to choosing a topic and conducting research for their NUTR 210 Research Paper.

The suggestions were EXCELLENT and I wanted to share them below.

Strategies/Advice for Choosing a Paper Topic

  • Start off with a broad topic or interest. Do some investigatory research to see what aspects of this topic are being covered in the scholarly literature.  Narrow your topic based on what is available in the scholarly literature and interests you.
  • Research something you are interested in, have a passion for, and.or you think will be useful to you personally/is applicable to your life
  • Ask people in your inner circle what nutrition topics they are interested in, have knowledge about, etc.
  • Browse through current events and news. Because nutrition topics are so broadly applicable to the public, reporters often share and interpret interesting nutrition research. Here are links to coverage in the NY Times Health Section using the following search terms nutrition | food or nutrition | food

Strategies/Advice for Conducting Research

  • Use library databases; find them by using the class InfoGuide; use Google Scholar and its Cited By feature to find related research.
  • Build on your previous knowledge about the topic.
  • Use the Reference lists and Google Scholar to find other articles that might be relevant (citation chaining)
  • Look at the authors of  your articles.  Are any of these authors such experts in their field that you should track down other articles by him/her?
  • Develop additional keywords to use in your searches by looking at the journal articles you find. Scan articles for the search terms you have used (e..g., CTRL/ F).
  • Focus on finding peer reviewed/scholarly articles
  • Look for a variety of sources (e.g., look for books and sources of information, in addition to just journal articles)
  • Use the abstract (summary) of the journal article to determine relevance, learn more about your topic, etc.
  • Create an annotated bibliography to keep you organized, avoid inadvertent plagiarism, and enable you to synthesize/make sense of the research you've found. 
  • Look at discipline specific journals for nutrition.