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HNUTR-453 Nutrition

Finding Scholarly Sources for HNUTR-453 Nutrition

For your assignments in HNUTR-453, you will be asked to find credible, scholarly sources to support your work. This guide will help you find such sources using the library’s tools.

What are 'Scholarly' Sources?


Scholarly sources are publications such as articles or books that have been written by and reviewed by experts in the field. They are considered credible and the information they contain is of high quality. Scholarly sources are also sometimes called academic, peer-reviewed or refereed sources. Scholarly works thoroughly cite all of their information and have undergone the process of peer-review. Read more about scholarly peer-review.

Scholarly research articles are published in peer-reviewed journals. In the field of nutrition, these may include such journals as Annual Review of Nutrition, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Reviews, Clinical Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition, and many more not listed here.

A scholarly research article is easily identified by its sections. It will have:

  • Introduction and Literature Review
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion and/or Conclusion
  • Reference List

If you found an article in a peer-reviewed journal but it does not have these sections, it is not a research article. It might be a news item, an editorial, a review or something else.

What are Not Scholarly Sources?

Many common sources of information might be credible and useful, but are not scholarly. Here are examples of informational sources that have not been peer-reviewed:

How Can I Find Scholarly Research Articles?

Research articles are typically found in research databases like PubMed, CINAHL and ScienceDirect, just to name a few. If you search for articles through the library’s website, you will have increased access to full text articles. (Often when searching through something like Google, you will be asked to pay to access research articles.)

We recommend going to first. Our OneSearch tool searches all of our research databases at the same time and makes it easy to limit the results to scholarly, peer-reviewed sources. To use OneSearch, type your search terms into the search box at the top center of the website. Choose eArticles Only and click the Search button.

MGH OneSearch box searching for nutrition.

On the search results page, look for the option to limit the results to Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals.

Screenshot of search results page with Scholarly Peer-Reviewed limiting option highlighted.

You can also add additional filters like publication year, language, and more. Then browse the search results for an article that meets your needs.

If you would prefer to search individual databases, you can also access PubMed and CINAHL through the library website. These two databases are the most likely to have nutrition related content.

Learn more about PubMed.

Learn more about CINAHL.

Logging into Library Databases

You can find a username and password for the library in D2L. Go to the course page for HNUTR-453. Click on Syllabus & Resources, then choose the Prerequisite Student Information folder and click on Bellack Library.

Ask a Librarian

Librarians are always happy to help you find articles or determine if an article is appropriate for an assignment. See all of the ways you can reach us on the Ask A Librarian page.