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Scholarly Literature


National Library of Medicine's citation database of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed Guide.
Biomedical international database with strong focus on drugs and pharmacology, medical devices, clinical medicine, and basic science relevant to clinical medicine.
CINAHL Complete
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature via EBSCOhost, 1937 to present. CINAHL Guide.
Academic, research, and practice literature in psychology and related disciplines, 1872 to present.
CAB Direct
Abstracts of international agricultural literature, including animal and plant breeding, genetics, and nutrition.
JSTOR Sustainability
Journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability, including food security, resource economics, urban development, and more.
Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
Combines the Agricultural Science Collection (which includes AGRICOLA) and the Environmental Science Collection. Bibliographic coverage of journal literature, government reports, theses, patents, and technical reports on food and nutrition, agricultural economics, and parasitology.
Google Scholar
Journal articles, conference proceedings, and more using Google's search algorithms. Google Scholar Guide.
Web of Science
Multidisciplinary database covering journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, with searchable cited references. Web of Science Guide.

Select Journals

Agriculture and Human Values
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Annual Review of Nutrition
Food Policy
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Global Environmental Change
Global Food Security
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development(JAFSCD)
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
Journal of Nutrition
Nature Food
Find Health Sciences eJournals by Title
Search by title for eJournals available through UW Libraries

Select Books

Benders' Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology
Nutrition Care Manual
From ADA and AND. Research-based nutrition information by expert RDNs who are specialists in adult clinical nutrition.
Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual
From ADA and AND. By the Pediatric Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (PNPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Bloomsbury Food Library
Collection of reference works and ebooks on food studies.
Nutrition Ebooks
List of select books about nutrition.


Civil Eats
Food Tank
News Sources
Includes a guide to Ethnic Press, a helpful way to incorporate more perspectives and help conduct anti-racist research.

Grey Literature

Guide to Grey Literature
From the Finding Qualitative Research Articles Guide.
Open Think Tank Directory
Global collection of think tanks and related organizations.
OpenGrey: System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe
Bibliographical references of grey literature (paper) produced in Europe.
UW Libraries Search
Articles, books, and more. Use filters to limit to books and other non-article formats.
Search the holdings of over 10,000 libraries worldwide. Use this search to find books and other materials not available in UW and Summit Libraries. Use Interlibrary Loan to request items not owned by UW Libraries or its borrowing partners.
Think Tank Search
Google custom search of think tanks and research centers.
The Food Timeline
A catalog of culinary history from reference librarian Lynne Olver, now maintained by the Virginia Tech University Libraries.
Google Advanced Search
Try searching using domain names; this allows you to use the power of Google on nonprofit, government, and other websites. Keep in mind that not every site allows Google to index their pages.
Food and Drink in History: Module II
This collection illustrates the deep links between food and identity, politics and power, gender, race and socio-economic status, as well as charting key issues around agriculture, nutrition and food production.
Culinary Arts
Scholarly and non-scholarly articles covering cooking and nutrition.

IGO and NGO Search Engines

Intergovernmental Organization (IGO)
Nongovernmental Organization (NGO)
Union of International Associations IGO Search
Search intergovernmental websites, comprising over 3000 bodies including the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank, etc.
Intergovernmental Organization search engine
Custom Google search engine that searches across hundreds of IGO websites.
NGO search engine
Custom Google search engine designed to search across hundreds of NGO websites.
Yearbook of International Organizations
Detailed descriptions of NGO, IGO, non-profit, and other international organizations.

Policy and Legislation

U.S. Government Publications
Guides to federal, state, and local government publications.
PAIS Index
Public and social policy literature from thousands of journals, government reports, and books.
Food Policy Networks
Directory of over 280 food policy councils in North America, database of food policies, and additional resources for food policy councils and organizations by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
ReFED Insights Engine
U.S. food loss and waste mapping, including a food waste monitor, impact calculator, and capital tracker.

Evidence and Guidelines

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
Includes databases of dietary supplement labels, ingredients, and more.
Bowes & Church's food values of portions commonly used
Print database listing the values of 31 food components for more than 6,300 foods.
Martindale's Virtual Nutrition Center
CDC Nutrition
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
From the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA).
ECRI Guidelines Trust
Registration required. Evidence-based Guideline Briefs based on guidelines from participating guideline developers, medical specialty societies, and other healthcare organizations.
Natural Medicines
High quality, evidence-based information on dietary supplements (including herbs, vitamins, and minerals), functional foods, diets, complementary practices (modalities), exercises, and medical conditions.
USDA Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review
Systematic reviews to inform federal nutrition policy and programs in the U.S.
Evidence-based clinical decision support. Includes clinical topic summaries.

Theses and Dissertations

Dissertations and Theses at UW
Guide to finding dissertations and theses at the UW and beyond.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Index to dissertations and theses from all fields of study, 1861-present, with full text available 1997-present.

Clinical Trials

CenterWatch Clinical Trials
Global source for clinical trials information, offering news, analysis, study grants, career opportunities, and trial listings to professionals and patients.
Registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
EU Clinical Trials Register
Registered clinical trials in the European Union.
ISRCTN registry (Current Controlled Trials)
Registered randomized controlled trials and other studies to assess the efficacy of health care interventions around the world.

Data Resources

General Data

Health Sciences Statistics
Guide to sources for local, state, national and international statistics and data in the field of health sciences.
Data Resources in the Health Sciences
Guide to sources for data including citing data.
Finding Data
Guide to finding data.
U.S. Census
Guide to the U.S. Decennial Census.
Washington State Department of Health: Data & Statistical Reports
Online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the United States.

Food and Nutrition Data

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Food and agriculture data for over 245 countries and territories.
Food Systems Dashboard
A global database that incorporates country-level information from multiple databases. Maintained by the Johns Hopkins University, GAIN, and FAO.
Our World in Data
See sections on Food & Agriculture, Demographics, Health, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
USDA Food Surveys Research Group
Survey results for food and nutrition-related programs and public policy decisions.
FDA: Science & Research (Food)
FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) research.
CDC National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
Nationally representative data from the U.S. on dietary intake, health behaviors, anthropometric measurements, laboratory tests, and demographics.
Food Commodity Intake Database
Also known as “What We Eat in America,” from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Data from the dietary intake interview component of NHANES.
Food Availability Data System
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Food Availability (Per Capita) Data System (FADS) includes three data series on food and nutrient availability for consumption: food availability data, loss-adjusted food availability data, and nutrient availability data.
USDA FoodData Central
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, and USDA Branded Food Products Database.

Economic Related

USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
Food prices for over 4,600 foods that appear in NHANES from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
BLS Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Average changes in consumer prices over time for 15 food groups from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS)
Dietary data, health behaviors, and demographic data for over 4,800 respondents in the U.S. from the USDA Economic Research Service.

Agriculture Related

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS)
Includes the Census of Agriculture and the Agricultural Surveys, which reports on the characteristics of farms, ranches, and their operations from 1840 onward. NASS Quick Stats
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)
Includes data on agricultural productivity, agriculture trade, commodity costs, fertilizer use and prices, a food environment atlas, and more.

Food Waste Related

USDA Loss-Adjusted Food Availability (LAFA) Data Series
Derived from ERS's food availability data by adjusting for food spoilage, plate waste, and other losses to more closely approximate actual intake. From the USDA ERS.
ReFED Insights Engine
Includes visual dashboards on the amount of food wasted, the impact of wasted food, and the relative effectiveness of different food waste reduction strategies.

Climate Change and Environment Related

World Bank Group Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP)
Hub for climate-related information, data, and tools for the World Bank Group (WBG).
Database of Food Impacts on the Environment for Linking to Diets (dataFIELD)
Data on greenhouse gas emissions and cumulative energy demand for over 500 commodities from teh University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems.


Leah DeSantis
UW Health Sciences Library's Public Health & Research Services Librarian
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