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Database Search Tips
Food Science Web Sites
Evaluating Web Sites
FS 290: Careers in Food and Bioprocessing Sciences
Course Instructor: Dr. Christopher Daubert
Librarian: Carol Vreeland
Identifying Articles on Your Topic:
Use one of the following indexes (databases) to search for references
to journal articles. These indexes may include a summary of the article
or abstract and, often, they include a link to the full text of the
article. If the full text of the article is not available online,
use the NCSU Libraries catalog
to find out if the NCSU Libraries has the journal.
Additional indexes are available through the NCSU Libraries Web site's
Indexes to articles in the popular press.
Tip: the new Find Articles page is a good way to get to most of the following databases.
A "scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,200 journals in the collection." Includes articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. Updated daily.
LexisNexis Academic allows NCSU faculty, students and staff
to locate the full-text and abstracts of comprehensive news,
business, and legal information. Search foreign news sources,
regional U.S. news services, radio and television transcripts,
federal and state case law, medical, legislative and industry
news, annual reports from the Securities and Exchange Commission and more.
Newspapers are updated several times daily, and wire services
- Newspaper Source Plus provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 100 national and international newspapers, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Times (London), and others. The database also contains selective full text for more than 300 U.S newspapers. In addition, some full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided.
Tip: you can also search the News & Observer directly.
From the Journal Titles page, search for News
and Observer as a "Journal Title." Then,
click on the link to search that says,
"News and observer (Raleigh, N.C.)"
(Select Business & Management as your subject area.):
Business Source Complete
Provides full text for nearly 8,200 serials, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications in marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Indexing and abstracts for consumer health, nutrition
and professional periodicals. Includes full text for many consumer health periodicals, health-related pamphlets, and health reference books. Also includes Clinical Pharmacology, a database of drug monographs.
Indexes to Primary Research articles.
Science and Technology Abstracts (via EBSCOHost)
Primary index of the food science literature including food
microbiology, food hygiene and toxicology, food additives and
food standards, laws and regulations and human nutrition.
Coverage: 1969 - present. Updated quarterly.
The primary index of the biomedical literature, including human
only) Coverage: 2000 - present. Updated: weekly.
Note: with Cambridge Scientific's new CSA Illumina interface,
you can select Natural Sciences or Technology as your Subject
Or, click on Select Specific Databases; then select MEDLINE
and any other databases of interest--for example, Biological
via PubMed. Coverage: 1947 - present. Updated daily, Tuesday through Saturday.
"PubMed also provides access and links to the integrated
molecular biology databases included in NCBI's Entrez retrieval
system. These databases contain DNA and protein sequences, 3-D
protein structure data, population study data sets, and assemblies
of complete genomes in an integrated system."
Entrez Journals database to look up journal names, MEDLINE
abbreviations, or ISSN numbers for journals that are included
in the PubMed system.
Abstracts (via EBSCOhost) (NCSU only)
- Worldwide index to agriculture, forestry, and allied disciplines
including animal and human nutrition.
From the Centre for Agriculture & Biosciences International.
Coverage: 1972 - present.
Abstracts Archive (via EBSCOhost) (NCSU only)
Combines 17 printed abstract journals produced between 1910 and 1972 into a single
Science Citation Index Expanded (via Web of Science) (NCSU only)
A multidisciplinary database that covers 5,900 major journals
across 150 scientific disciplines. Indexes cited references
of the articles in the database so you can search by cited author,
cited patent or cited paper. This allows you to trace a particular
research topic in the scientific literature. Coverage: 1900
- present. Updated weekly.
Indexes and sources of review articles
- Limiting a search to review articles.
Many of the indexes listed above will allow you to limit your search
to review articles. Often, this option is available in their "Advanced"
search feature. Look for an option to limit a search
by publication type; select review articles
as the type.
- If an index or electronic resource does not allow this type
of limiting, you can still locate some review articles by including
the word review in your keyword search.
For example: bioengineered foods and review
- Some indexes specialize in reviews.
- Issued as a part of the ISI Web of Knowledge, the
database covers original research reports and reviews in biological and biomedical areas. Coverage includes
traditional areas of biology such as botany, zoology,
and microbiology, as well as related fields such as
biomedical, agriculture, pharmacology, and ecology.
Also included are interdisciplinary fields such as
medicine, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering,
and biotechnology. The database covers content summaries,
books, meeting abstracts, papers, and posters. BIOSIS
also combines the content from Biological Abstracts
and Biological Abstracts/RRM. Coverage: 1969-present.
|To search by keyword
||Type the words or phrases you wish to begin your search and
lung cancer [Enter]
|Retrieves records with the phrase lung cancer
|To truncate terms
|Type the word you wish to search followed by an asterisk (*)
Note: The truncation symbol varies depending
on the search software.
|Retrieves records with terms beginning with virus such as vaccine
vaccines vaccination vaccinating vaccinated
|AND narrows your search
||lung cancer and prevention
|Retrieves any record that contains both the phrase lung
cancer and the term prevention.
|OR broadens your search
||aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [Enter]
||Retrieves any record that contains either the term aids
or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
||#1 and #2 [Enter]
Note: May not work in all databases. Does not work in WWW search
|Retrieves records that contain both a term from set
#1 and a term from set #2.
||(Aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and prevention
Note: Used when set searching
|Retrieves records that contain
either the term
aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and the
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