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NUTR 451: Nutrition and Metabolism / Singleton : Home

This guide supports library instruction for NUTR 451.

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Xan Goodman, Nursing, Integrated Sci & Public Health Librarian
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About this Guide

Use this guide to locate peer reviewed articles for your Research Article Review assignment.  

Library Workshop Questions Fall 2019

  • How do I make sure an article is peer-reviewed?

Check the about section for the journal-title from which you are pulling the article. This will let you know if a journal peer-reviews articles submitted for publication. 

  • How do I send articles to myself from Scopus?

Click the envelope icon to email an article to yourself.

  • Why [is it that] sometimes when I click into an article, it just takes me to a huge journal and I cannot find [the article] it?

Linking to resources is tricky, and some links will take you directly to the full-text while others do not, and this varies based on behind the scenes coding and linking syntax.

  • Are we not supposed to skim the entire article during the initial preview process?

On the critical reading handout, the second step has the word SKIM. This is in about each of the 4 steps listed under preview. You are not to skim the entire article; instead, you are to skim the article using the 4 steps in the preview section -- targeted skimming.


  • I don’t understand how to filter properly to get just peer-reviewed journals but how Ulrich[‘s] will help with that.

You can use the peer-reviewed limit in any database to filter to peer-reviewed articles. The purpose of Ulrich’s is to help you determine if the journal you are reading is peer-reviewed.  

First, locate an article, check the journal-title, then go to Ulrich’s to verify if the journal is peer-reviewed. Thi will give you a better idea if the journal has a peer-review process.  

  • I have more questions on how to do an in-text citation.

Please use the resources at the OWL Purdue for this or the American Psychological Association. If you need to make an appointment, I am happy to help. Here are some general guidelines:

An in-text citation appears in the full-text of your paper, or appears in your presentation if you are directly quoting text.  

There are two ways to cite in-text narratively and parenthetically.

If you are writing a paragraph and within that paragraph, you reference the work of someone, this might occur as a narrative reference, here is an example:

Becker (2012), Lee (2016), and McAdoo (2017) wrote blog posts about APA Style.

A parenthetical example might come at the end of a sentence or within a sentence such as this example:

(Becker, 2012; Lee, 2016; McAdoo, 2017) and

You use the parens to indicate the work of the authors referred to in-text.

Here are links to other examples of in-text citations:


  • Analysis of papers  

My go to book for understanding how to analyze papers is: Studying a study and testing a test: Reading evidence-based health research, by  Richard K. Riegelman.

  • I do not understand how to utilize in-text citations when the article is a review with multiple different sources that differ from the authors who created the actual article or review.

When you are reading a review article, you cite the authors of the actual review article. However, it is recommended that you go back to the original source, so in this case if you were to read an article listed in the review, and you use information from that article, cite the article not the review article. This can be confusing, but always ask questions, and reach out to me to make an appointment to discuss this topic further.

I would like to better understand what pertinent information in a research article is, and how to in-text cite.

Here are some links to help you with in-text citing:

What is pertinent in a research article will depend on the purpose for which you are using the article. As you read more articles, you will learn how to parse and gather the evidence needed for the question you are attempting to answer. If you want to talk more about this, please make an appointment.

  • [I don’t understand] how to read critically.

Learning to read critically is a long process that takes time. Please reach out for an individual appointment and I can guide you through the process of critically reading together. It will take at least 90 minutes to go through the process of a critical reading workshop. It takes years to learn how to read well critically so be patient with yourself.

  • [I don’t understand] how to review new searches in a different way.

I am not sure that I understand what you mean. If you are willing to talk further please, schedule an appointment and we can walk through your search process.

  • [I don’t understand] how to sift through “good” and “bad” articles to use for [a] research paper.

Again, how to read literature is a skill developed over time. Read the book I recommended, Studying a study and testing a test: Reading evidence-based health research, by Richard K. Riegelman

  •  [What are] better ways to easily shift through bad articles.

Again, I think this comes with skill; it is difficult to know if an article is bad if you are unfamiliar with the ways to evaluate methods, study design, etc. The more you read and learn you will become better at this, is what I can offer as advice.

  • I have always had a hard time finding articles when typing in the description keys.

Locating articles is a difficult process and it takes time. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, we can talk more about how to develop better search queries to help you locate articles.

  • Doi how its properly included in APA

A doi is included at the end of your reference if available. Include all of the information found in the article for the doi along with the url so your reader can link back to the article you are citing. See the example below or use the OWL Purdue. If you need in-person help, please schedule an appointment.

Wong, C., & Kasari, C. (2012). Play and joint attention of children with autism in the preschool special education classroom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(10), 2152-2161.

  • [I don’t understand] why this isn’t mandatory freshmen year.

My understanding is that you all get this type of instruction throughout your program. So I’m curious to learn what would you like to see that is mandatory.

Where to Start Your Research


Know the title of the journal you are looking for? Use the UNLV print and online journal subscriptions search to see if the University Libraries has a subscription. See the A-to-Z Journal List to locate specific titles. Below are a few Peer-Reviewed Journal Titles  you can search to locate research articles:

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