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Nutrition and Food Science Research: Before You Search...

Before you start searching

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Before you start searching in the library take a few moments to prepare.  Ask yourself: 

1.  What kind of resources do I need to find? 

Do you need a book, a scholarly article, a magazine article?  This may be determined in your assignment or you may have a general idea of the type of resource you need.  Understanding what type of source you need will help you know where to search. 

2. What is the range for the publication date I am looking for? 

Often times your instructor may indicate how recent the information you use in a paper should be.  This is commonly 5 or 10 years back depending on the discipline.  Once you start searching, you can add the time period you want to limit your results to just the publication date range you need. 

3. What is your topic? 

Know what you are researching is critical to being able to know when you find it!  Let's say you want to learn about antioxidants. This is a very broad topic and you will find thousands of results. To narrow your topic, decide WHAT about your topic (in this example, what about antioxidants) you most interested in and add this to your search.  For example, maybe you are interested in the health benefits of antioxidants, adding health benefits to your topic narrows the scope of what information you need to find. Narrowing your topic will both searching for resources and writing your paper much more easy. 


research topics

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Typically when you go to the library to search for a book or information, you have in mind a topic or question that you want to answer.  


What is your topic?  

Take a moment to identify what information you need.  This will help you as you search the library. 


identifying keywords

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Watch the following video to learn how to develop keywords from your research topic. Take a couple moments after the video to brainstorm and write down a few keywords on your topic.

Searching with Keywords

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Now you should have a couple of keywords written down.  Watch the following video to understand how to get started searching with those keywords.

Next, let's look at how to search for books through the OCC Library!