Using "PubMed Central" for Nutrition 310

Open PubMed Central: PMC in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

This tutorial gives you step by step instruction on how to use PubMed Central for you Nutrition 310 Bibliography assignment.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial. You can click on the Undock button on top, next to the X icon, to move this tutorial around by pointing the the mouse at the top of this box. You will see a 4 way arrow icon; drag the box to where you like it to be.

  • To begin, click on the "Advanced" under the search box.
  • Next, in the first row under "Builder," click on the pull-down menu under "All Fields" and select "Journal."
  • Then paste the following string to the entry box on the right column:

"American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" OR "Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics" OR "Journal of the American Dietetic Association" OR "Journal of Nutrition" OR "Journal of Nutrition Education" OR "Advances in Nutrition" OR "Food science and nutrition" OR "Infant, child & adolescent nutrition" OR "Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics" OR "Journal of nutrition education and behavior" OR "The Journal of the American College of Nutrition" OR "Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.)"

  • In the second row, click on the pull-down menu under "All Fields" and select "Abstract."
  • Then enter search terms for your research question. Put parentheses around terms for the same concept, ORs between terms for the same concept, and ANDs between concepts, as in the following example:

    ("processed food*" OR "trans fat*" OR "saturated fat*") AND (child* OR youth OR teen* OR adolescen* OR school*)
  • [Note: the words AND and OR must be CAPITALIZED in this database]
  • Click on the Search button or press Enter.
  • On the left side of the result screen, under "Publication date" select "10 years."
  • If your search does not find any or enough articles, try broadening your topic.
  • Criteria for selecting the articles:
    • Original research only, indicated by a format that includes an introduction, methodology, results, and conclusion.
    • Human subjects only. No animal studies or reviews of literature.
    • Each research article must have at least 100 human test subjects being studied to be statistically valid.
    • Note that the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association are the same publication with a title change. So you can only use a total of two articles from these two journals; i.e., either one from each or two from one of them.
  • To keep a record of articles you want to display again at a later time, you can do one of the following:
    • Save a PDF copy of the article by clicking on the PDF link under "Formats," then save the PDF file on your USB drive or your computer.
    • Or, send the citation and link of the article to yourself:
      • go back to the results page, and click the check boxes at the left of the citation for each article you want.
      • Then click the “Send to:” at the top right of the results list. In the dialog box that opens, select the “E-mail” radio button, enter your email address in the E-mail box and click the “E-mail” button at the bottom of the dialog box.