Food Science and Nutrition

Research Tip Sheet - for systematically searching academic databases (+ video tutorial | 2:25 | transcript)

Key Databases

Web of Science (+ video tutorial | 9:47 | transcript)

  • Multidisciplinary, focused on the sciences (integrated with EndNote)

PubMed (+ video tutorial | 9:01 | transcript)

  • Biomedical literature, allows you to search using MeSH terms (medical subject headings)

Clinical Trials

  • Registry and results database for clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world

Health Canada's Clinical Trials Database

  • Canadian clinical trials involving human pharmaceutical and biological drugs

International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

ISRCTN Registry (International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number)

  • Clinical research studies (proposed, ongoing, completed) including health interventions in human population (observational and interventional trials)

More Databases to Explore


  • Focused on all aspects of agriculture, including plant sciences, aquaculture, farming, and food and human nutrition

ASM (American Society for Microbiology) Journals Online

  • Microbiological Sciences

Cochrane Library

  • High-quality, independent evidence used to inform healthcare decision-making


  • Chemical information including molecular formula and structures, physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, and more

SAGE Journals Online

  • Includes Health Sciences and Life & Biomedical Sciences


Scholars Portal Journals

  • Includes Agriculture Sciences, Chemistry, Health Sciences, and Medical Sciences


  • Multi-disciplinary, focused on the sciences


  • Includes Medicine & Public Health, Life Sciences, Biomedicine, and more

World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (via CAB Direct)

  • Topics related to agriculture and natural resource development

Ebook Central

  • Includes Health & Medicine, Agriculture, Chemical Engineering, Biology, and more

Knovel Library (scroll down to select Knovel: Food Science)

  • Reference materials on food ingredients, safety, quality, manufacturing, processing, nutrition, storage, and preservation | Video Tutorials
  • Also see Property Search for material and substance properties

Merck Manuals

  • Thousands of topics in all medical fields, authored by medical experts

National Academies Press eBooks

  • From the United States' National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Oxford Reference Online

  • Reference materials including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more

Scholars Portal Books

  • From most major academic publishers


  • Includes Medicine & Public Health, Life Sciences, Biomedicine, and more

Wiley Online Books: Food Science & Technology

  • Subjects include Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biomedical Engineering, Health and Health Care, Medical Science, and more

Also note that all of Carleton's ebooks can be found through the library's homepage, using the large search box.  Conduct a keyword search, then isolate to Available Online (under Availability) + Books (under Resource Type)

Films on Demand

  • Subjects include Biology, Environmental Science, and Health & Medicine

JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments

  • Peer-reviewed videos documenting techniques and protocols in biological sciences (note the limited content we subscribe to: Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Neuroscience)

SAGE Research Methods

  • Explore disciplines for 'Science', 'Medicine', and 'Health'


Register for EndNote Basic (free) + video tutorial | 11:27 (transcript)

  • These credentials will also be used for Web of Science
  • Good idea to use your Carleton email address
  • Integrates with Microsoft Word

Once registered and logged into EndNote, click the Downloads tab along the top

  • Cite While You Write is an add-on for Microsoft Word, which works with your EndNote account for creating references and bibliographies
  • Capture Reference creates a reference from a website (drag the Capture Reference button to your browser's bookmarks bar)

Open Microsoft Word

  • Click the EndNote tab and enter your credentials
  • Under Preferences, Application, ensure EndNote online is selected and click OK
  • Next to Style, select your citation style (in this case CSE Style Manual 8th Edition N-Y)

Online Citation Quick Guide (to verify CSE formatting)

Journal Citation Reports for abbreviated journal titles

Content last reviewed: March 23, 2021