Information on the Internet: Nutrition Research Guide

Internet Gateways and General Guides

  • (
    "A gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals." Includes links to
    • (
      SuperTracker--"can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling."
    • What's In the Foods You Eat Search Tool (
      A user-friendly, searchable database "where users can view a 60-nutrient profile for each of more than 13,000 foods," including fast food items and packaged food mixes. The data are provided in commonly consumed portion sizes and weights.
  • Arbor Nutrition Guide (
    The guide is organized into six main sections: Searching--for nutrition search engines, Home Pages--links to nutrition organizations, Clinical Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, Food Science, and Food.
  • Food Science Research Guide (
  • The World Wide Web Virtual Library--Agriculture (

Government Agencies

Cooperative Extension

  • Food Safety Website (
    North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University. A gateway to food safety sites, including a section on "hot topics."
  • NC Cooperative Extension (
    Includes a link to the list of NCCES County Extension Centers (
  • State Partners (
    A "directory of land-grant universities which are state partners of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service."

Organizations and Nutrition Departments


Nutrition Departments

Research Grants and Projects

  • Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT).
    A searchable database of biomedical research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other agencies.
  • NSF Funded Research.
    Information about research projects that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded since 1989.
  • USDA's Current Research Information System (CRIS) Web site.
    Is the USDA's "documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry."
  • Community of Science (COS) (
    • COS Funding Opportunities.
      Contains detailed information for more than 20,500 available research grants worldwide. Updated daily.
    • Funded Research (via Community of Science). Search to see what projects have been funded by the NSF, NIH, USDA and other organizations. (Note: This database is for Community of Science members only. Accessible only via one's personal COS Workbench.)

Other Databases and Trade Catalogs

  • FAOSTAT. Food Quality Control. ( Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.
    The FAOSTAT collection of statistical databases provides access to production, trade, and other international agricultural statistics. The Food Quality section allows one to search Codex Alimentarius: Pesticide Residues in Food and Codex Alimentarius: Veterinary Drug Residues in Food.
  • National Food Safety Database (
    The goal of the National Food Safety Database project is to develop an efficient management system of US food safety databases that are used by the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), consumers, industry, and other public health organizations. The end result of such a management program is a highly informative, efficient and accurate website which will provide one-stop shopping for food safety information.
  • Thomas Register of American Manufacturers.
    An online version of the printed trade catalog. Complete the free membership form to search for manufacturers of industrial products and services.

    (Note: the print version of the Thomas Register is located in the Business Alcove in the D. H. Hill Reference area (call number T12.T6).)

Full Text Resources

  • AgZines: a Harvest of Free Agricultural Journals (
    Produced by the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), a "compilation of agricultural journals that are available free on the web. Formerly known as Tomato Juice, this list collects web sites" that are related to the field of agriculture and related sciences
  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) (
    A "core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century." Full-text.
  • E-Answers (
    A searchable Web site that provides access to full text documents on a wide range of Extension or Outreach-oriented subjects. The work is by Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station professionals at several U.S. land-grant universities.

To find other Web sites, click on Netscape's Search button and use one of the many available search engines. For searching tips and comparisons of the features of various search engines, see:

For examples showing how to cite Internet resources, see Citing Electronic Resources from the Internet Public Library.