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NS 1150: Nutrition, Health and Society (Fall 2017): Term Paper Tutorials

A Mann Library guide for students of NS 1150/1160 on how to locate research articles that favor and oppose nutritional science controversies.

Researching controversial nutrition topics

Term Paper Tutorials

These tutorials are designed to help NS 1150/1160 students quickly and easily find peer-reviewed primary research articles on a nutrition controversy.

In Part I of this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  • Develop ideas for a controversial topic in nutrition and narrow them down to make a  manageable and focused topic;
  • Identify keywords and concepts for searching the scientific literature

In Part II of this tutorial, you will learn how to:

  • Develop an effective search strategy using AND and OR with your search terms
  • Search effectively and efficiently using the web, library databases and other resources;
  • Find and evaluate at least four, original scientific articles (two supporting and two opposing) from peer-reviewed journals;
  • Cite the articles in a bibliography in APA 6th edition format.

‚ÄčThe skills you learn in these tutorials will be useful not only for this writing assignment in this class, but also for every class you take at Cornell.

Using these tutorials

  • If you need clarification, face technical trouble, or have questions about the content of the tutorials, e-mail your librarian, Camille Andrews: or Kate Ghezzi-Koppel: And you can Ask a librarian anytime!
  • If you have questions about anything else related to this assignment, please ask a TA.
  • Some sections have links to videos, some of which have sound, so please turn on your computer's speakers. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. 
  • TIPs contain optional but highly useful information.