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Nutrition resources

Key databases

Access Medicine provides you with thousands of online resources that are updated weekly with the newest research and emerging trends across a number of healthcare professions. You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.

Alt HealthWatch focuses on the multiple perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care. Full-text content comes from more than 180 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts. You might select this database if you are looking for multiple perspectives, or a discussion, on a specific treatment or method.

AMED – The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database is an alternative medicine database designed for students, researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. It contains details of relevant journal articles from over 500 journals many of which are not indexed elsewhere. It is a bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature* CINAHL, the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 760 journals. CINAHL with Full Text also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions. Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.

HerbMedPro is an interactive, electronic herbal database provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.

Natural Medicines a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.

PubMed: Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed. Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine journals are included

ScienceDirect provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.

Selected ejournal titles

  • The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – Available from 1996, but there is an embargo on articles for a year. You can access this journal from EBSCO Open Access Journals.
  • Food and Nutrition Sciences – Available from 2010. You can access this journal from Scientific Research Publishing Journals.
  • Nutrition Bulletin – Available from 2000, but there is an embargo on articles for a year. You can access this journal from Academic Search Premier.
  • Better Nutrition – Available from 1998. You can access this journal from Academic Search Premier.
  • Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior – Available from 2002. Available from 1998. You can access this journal from Science Direct.
  • Journal of Nutrition – Available from 1997, but there is an embargo on articles for a year. You can access this journal from EBSCO Open Access Journals.

Browse print books

  • Find shelves on 3rd floor with call number ranges below.
  • Books within these call number ranges are organized by subject, so you can find other related books.
Keyword Call # range
Diet Therapy – Dietary Cookbooks RM 214-258
Nutritional Diseases RC 620-627
Physiology (related to nutrition) QP 141


ebook Central: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

eBook Collection: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.

Hathi Trust: This is a digital library with the mission of research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This resource has information about Acupuncture available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.


In addition to the previously mentioned eBook Databases, as a student of University of Bridgeport, you are also granted access to the following textbook:

Handbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine this gives you access to three volumes of this textbook. This textbook, based on the unique characteristics of TCM, discusses its principle theories and presents a comprehensive daily practice guide for health maintenance and disease treatment.

Web Pages:

Web Resources:

MedNar is a federated search that focuses on medical information, you would be able to find more in-depth information than on a typical search. This service searches commercial sites as well as government sites, and allows you to limit results by type. MedNar also suggests medical subject headings (MeSH) for searches, as well a medical dictionary. This would be a good place to make an initial search to seek out information regarding a specific term.

TRIP is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. The site also allows clinicians to search across other content types including: images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses, and news.

Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review – Uses state-of-the-art methodology to objectively review, evaluate and synthesize research to answer important diet-related questions.

The World Bank and Nutrition –This is a website that provides information and data on nutrition in other countries as well as efforts to combat malnutrition.

Data and Statistics:

ERS/USDA Data Products –This webpage displays a variety of data sets on a several of topics produced by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FAOSTAT–This page provides access to food and agriculture data. The data sourced from this page comes from 245 countries. The statistics included on this page goes as far back to 1961.

Food Surveys Research Group –Focuses on assessing food consumption of the U.S. population through surveys.

MEASURE DHS –Produces a wide variety of publications that provide country specific and comparative data on population, health, and nutrition in developing countries.

National Health and Nutrition Examination –This is a survey that focuses on the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey was coordinated by the National Center for Health Statistics of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nutrition Landscape Information System–This tool allows you to filter for a variety of country. It is produced by the World Health Organization.

What We Eat in America –This combines the information of two surveys, USDA’s Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) and HHS’ NHANES.

What’s In The Foods You Eat –With this webpage, you can view the nutrient profiles for foods commonly eaten in the United States.

The Food Environment Atlas –There are three main categories covered in the Atlas, Food Choices, Health and Well-Being, and Community Characteristics. The Atlas currently includes 168 indicators of the food environment.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 –This guide focuses on advice on what to eat and drink to meet nutrient needs, promote health, and help prevent chronic disease. This edition also focuses on different age demographics.

Dietary Reference Intakes –This includes information about calculating daily nutrient recommendations, reports on the dietary reference values for the intake of nutrients by Americans and Canadians. Through this you would also be able to make historical comparisons of the data.

Government Resources: – This site provides access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government, and serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.

Office of Dietary Supplements –The goal of this site is to better understand dietary supplements through evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

Nutrition research (National Agriculture Library) – A U.S. Government web listing for U.S. Government sites pertaining to nutrition.

CDC Nutrition Resources – Contains links to “CDC nutrition efforts [which] cover a wide spectrum of related topics.” Includes links to nutrition-related data and statistics, policy and legislation, and intervention evaluation.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center Index – to a wide range of nutrition resources, including international and foreign language sites.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition – The Center provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs, agency administrative tasks, scientific analysis and support, and policy, planning and handling of critical issues related to food and cosmetics.

Connecticut Nutrition Standards – Developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education, in response to Section 10-215e of the Connecticut State statutes.

Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page – This branch of the USDA Agricultural Research Service develops authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods and dietary supplements available in the United States.

Drugs and Supplements:

Daily Med – This page is through the National Library of Medicine, this database provides comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.

Office of Dietary Supplements – Health Information: This page links to information on specific supplements, nutrient recommendations reports and tables (DRIs & RDAs), and other resources.

Furthering Your Studies…

Student Organizations:

Student Organizations: To get involved on campus, you can participate in events. Information about student organizations is listed in the previously linked page. If you click on the name of an organization you are interested in you can see if they have any upcoming events, as well as any other organization that is co-hosting or co-chairing their event. Below are some relevant student organizations to your field you might be interested in.

An example of an active student organization on campus that is related to your field is the The Society of Minority Health Professionals. The Society of Minority Health Professional’s mission is to create a positive and motivational atmosphere for minorities working toward becoming our future health care providers. They aim to encourage a movement of leaders to fulfill the need of diversity in the health field. They host, and co-chair many events and are an active group.

Volunteer Work:

Office of Civic Engagement: You can connect with University of Bridgeport’s Office of Civic Engagement to find further information about volunteer work. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to connect with, build, and sustain meaningful service initiatives in the greater Bridgeport area.

 Professional Societies:

To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

American Society for Nutrition – A non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance the knowledge and application of nutrition.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition – “Promotes the application of clinical and research studies to improve patient care through nutrition management.”

Society for Nutritional Education and Behavior – Promotes effective nutrition education and communication to support and improve healthful behaviors and disseminates research findings.

Career Information:

Occupational Outlook Dietitians and Nutritionists –This page contains occupational data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes salary, job outlook and state data regarding Dietitians and Nutritionists.

The Food Law and Policy Career Guide –This guide is created by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Food Law Society and is updated annually to reflect the newest opportunities in food law and policy.

Nutrition Careers for the 21st Century–This page goes into information related to a variety of Nutrition Careers, such as a nutrition consultant, public relations specialist, registered dietitian, food scientist, food stylist, and other food-related professionals.

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