Finding Journal Articles: Foods & Nutritional Sciences

The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles.

Step 1

Use databases to find articles on a particular topic.


Robertson Library licenses databases for the campus community and they can be accessed directly through the campus network or if you are off campus you will be prompted for your UPEI credentials. Print indexes can be found in the Reference area on the Main Level, shelved alphabetically by title [note: some indexes are also shelved in compact storage].

Databases and print indexes pertinent to Food and Nutritional Sciences include:

Title Description
Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database which provides full text for more than 8,500 periodicals, including full text for over 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
Agricola (via National Agricultural Library) [Public Access] The National Agricultural Library collection of more than 3.5 million items covers all aspects of agriculture and related sciences.
CAB Abstracts (via CAB Direct) Covers the significant research and development literature in applied life sciences, including agriculture, the environment, human nutrition, applied economics, leisure/tourism, and veterinary medicine. Access is provided directly through CAB Direct, CABI's online database platform.
CAB Abstracts (via EBSCOhost) Covers the significant research and development literature in applied life sciences, including agriculture, the environment, human nutrition, applied economics, leisure/tourism, and veterinary medicine.
CINAHL The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) provides indexing for 3,000+ journals from the fields of nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, occupational therapy, and other allied health fields. Nursing topics include clinical practice, nursing education and teaching, nursing research, patient care, health promotion, patient education, and rehabilitation. Contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981.
Cochrane Library (free within Atlantic Provinces)Cochrane Library (proxied for UPEI users outside of region)

As of 2019, the entire PEI community can use Cochrane for free, as long as you connect using a device with an IP address that "geolocates" within the 4 Atlantic provinces, see further explanation below.

What is The Cochrane Library?

The Cochrane Library EAL (Enhanced Access License) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  It is owned by Cochrane and published by John Wiley & Sons.

The key user groups of the Cochrane Library – those that use the content to inform healthcare decisions – are clinicians and healthcare workers, researchers (including information specialists and guideline developers), students, consumers (including patients and carers), and policy-makers.

The Library includes the following:

Editorials aim to stimulate discussion and ideas around the development of evidence synthesis to promote good decision-making in clinical care and health policy. The Editor in Chief may commission editorials linked to Cochrane Reviews of interest or on topics likely to be of interest to a broad readership.

  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials.  In addition to bibliographic details (author, title, source, year, etc.) CENTRAL records often include an abstract (a summary of the article). They do not contain the full text of the article.
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision-making.  Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals, our target audience.  The evidence is displayed in a user-friendly tabulated format that includes narratives, data, and links to graphics.  Cochrane Clinical Answers were developed by Cochrane Innovations and Wiley.

Who Has Access and How Does it Work?

All residents of the four Atlantic provinces have access.  If they are coming in from an Atlantic region IP, they get direct access ( with no need to login or authenticate. If they are coming in from outside of the region, they need to authenticate through their home institution (CAUL-CBUA institution, a provincial health authority, the IWK, or the public library system in their province).  Note that they can search The Cochrane Library without authenticating, but if they want to access the fulltext of the articles, they will need to authenticate.

Of note, many ISPs who service the Atlantic Region (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodoo, etc.) randomly assign their Atlantic Region customers IPs from Quebec, so on some days when you access the Internet at home, you may have an IP from one of the Atlantic provinces and you’ll have no problem accessing The Cochrane Library fulltext content, and one other days The Cochrane Library may say that you need to login to get to the fulltext content. This is likely because your ISP has assigned you an IP from Quebec that day.  So, to access Cochrane, you’ll need to authenticate. Unfortunately, there is no way to control what IP you get on any particular day from your ISP.  I plan to contact ISPs in the region to discuss this practice and the implications for these regional access deals; although I’m not sure if they will change their current practice.

A way to check what IP you’ve been assigned that day, and to what geographic area it resolves, you can go to an IP geolocation resolver to check. The one most akin to what Wiley will resolve the address to is

More information at the CAUL website

How to Use Cochrane Library

Gale Health & Wellness

Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices. New periodical and newspaper articles are added daily.

Health Evidence

Search for access to 3,853 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions. We search the published literature and compile public health relevant reviews -- eliminating your need to search and screen individual databases. Use of the database requires registration which is free.

Human Kinetics Library

Featuring more than 160 ebooks and a range of videos, the Human Kinetics Library is a comprehensive digital platform dedicated to the research, teaching, and understanding of the kinesiology and exercise science disciplines. The Library's subscription includes the Core Collection



The Human Kinetics Library covers a range of subjects including:

  • Active aging, Anatomy and biomechanics, Exercise and sport science, Exercise prescription, instruction, and assessment, Fitness and health, History, sociology, and philosophy of sport, Motor behavior Nutrition and healthy eating, Physical activity and health, Physiology of sport and exercise, Psychology of sport and exercise, Recreation and leisure, Research methods, measurement, and evaluation, Sport management and sport business, Sport and activities
MEDLINE (via EBSCOhost) Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.
Oxford University Press Journals Full text for over 240 journals from a variety of areas, including history, literature, science, medicine, political science, psychology & sociology.
PEN Nutrition Topics in PEN address the broad spectrum of practice in nutrition and dietetics including institutional care, primary health care, public/community health, consulting/private practice, food service management, professional education, food and the pharmaceutical industry and government. Recognized authorities on each topic or Knowledge Pathway addressed in PEN contribute to the identification of relevant literature from filtered and original sources and critically appraise, grade and synthesize that literature into key practice points or answers to practice questions.
PsycINFO Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in the field of psychology.
Public Health +

Public Health + comes to you via the McMaster Health Knowledge Refinery. Every article from over 120 medical and allied health academic journals is critically appraised to identify those that are methodologically sound. Articles that pass this process are rated (maximum 7) by clinicians for relevance and newsworthiness, and are then sent to this website. The articles are updated weekly and a searchable archive is kept on this website.

PubMed Comprises over 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals & online books.
Sage Research Methods Foundations

SAGE Research Methods Foundations is a large series of extended articles/short books edited by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams. It is the perfect companion for novice researchers and provides bite-size, introductory overviews to all the major methods topics to help get you on your way. The entries give introductory overviews to major research methods, covering their history, development and critical debates surrounding them. 

Some examples of topics covered include:

  • Item Response Theory
  • Analysing Administrative Data
  • Case-Based Methods
  • Case Study
  • Content Analysis, Quantitative
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Agent Based Models
  • Analysis of Proportions
  • Analysis of Rare Events
  • Archiving Qualitative Data
  • Arts-Based Research
  • Autobiography
  • Autoethnography
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Bibliometric Indicators


See also: SRM Videos: Practical Research and Academic Skills, SRM main page with Core information

SAGE Research Methods Video: Practical Research and Academic Skills

This collection of over 450 streaming videos on the SAGE Research Methods platform offers support on the practical skills that you need to successfully complete your research. Key areas such as writing a research proposal, planning and designing a research project, and securing ethical approval are explicitly covered. Practical skills such as project management, writing for publication, presenting work, and building networks are also presented through helpful explanatory videos. This video collection will give you the confidence to successfully navigate your research, take responsibility for your professional development and identify the transferable skills needed to progress your careers.

Topics covered in the videos include:

  • Project Management
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Securing ethical approval
  • Writing for publication
  • Computer applications
  • Applied research
  • Research careers & building networks
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Building Networks
  • and many more topics

There are more research methods videos in the SRM Core package

ScienceDirect Provides full text to peer-reviewed journals from Elsevier Science, including a large number of journals in the life sciences.
Springer LINK Contains over 1,900 full text electronic journals from the areas of science, technology, medicine, engineering, environment, economics, and law.
Wiley Online

Wiley Online is a multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. The Library subscribes to a large subset of the journals published by Wiley, but not all of them. As of Winter 2019, the Library also provides access to over 20,000 Wiley ebooks, which is most but not all of them. The Library is unable to provide access to Wiley Textbooks.


Browse the list of Wiley journals available through UPEI (also includes older Blackwell titles, which Wiley bought)




Step 2


Determine whether the library provides access to the journal in which the article is published.

Use the journal title search to determine if the Library has the journal containing the article:


If the Library does not have the journal containing the article, the article can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.


Print journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the Upper Level. Those in microfilm or microfiche format are located in Special Collections on the Main Level.


Please contact the Library's Service Desk, 902-566-0583 for assistance.

Donald Moses, MLIS
Date Revised: 24-August-2009 by