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NUTR 369: Systematic Reviews

Searching Tips

Some things to keep in mind when formulating your search:

  • Does the database use a standardized vocabulary or is it all keywords
  • Use both standard vocabulary and keywords in your search
  • What are your inclusion/exclusion criteria? (Make a list)
  • Make a list of all the ways to express your concepts
  • Group like concepts together with the command OR
  • When using keywords think about truncation; plurals; abbreviations; and alternate spellings

Specialized Databases

Public Health:

  • Global Health
    • Composed of two databases - the Public Health and Tropical Medicine (PHTM) database, previously produced by the Bureau of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases (BHTD), and the human health and diseases information extracted from CAB ABSTRACTS. International in scope it provides comprehensive coverage of the core public health literature, particularly in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology.

Public Policy:

  • PAIS
    • This resource covers issues in public policy, combining both PAIS Archive and PAIS International, with coverage from 1915 to present. Sources include journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material and more. The resource provides a broad perspective on social and public policies, from historical to current.


  • Agricola
    • Covers the world's literature in agricultural research published in books, technical reports, and over 1,400 journals from 1970.
  • FSTA (Food Science and Technology Abstracts)
    • Produced by the International Food Information Service, FSTA contains information on food science, food technology and food related human nutition abstracts. FSTA covers journal articles, patents, theses, standards, legislation, books, reviews, and conference proceedings.
  • ProQuest Agriculture Journals
    • This database contains the leading agricultural journals published in North America. ProQuest Agriculture Journals offers the complete text as well as complete images from such journals as Agricultural Research, Forest Products Journal, Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation and Plant Physiology.

Food Chemistry:

  • Chemical Abstracts
    • Chemical Abstracts covers the literature of chemistry and chemical engineering including patents. To use Chemical Abstracts you must have a valid Tufts email address and register at the SciFinder Scholar web site. To register, select the above link and follow the instructions.

Nutrition Data & Statistics

General Databases

Grey Literature Sources