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EXSC 317: Nutrition, Health & Human Performance


KEYWORDS carry some of the most important meanings that will open doors to vast amounts of information. You can develop keywords by searching reference sources, books, websites, and thesauri, among other materials.

Creating KEYWORD lists are important in that you will use these terms to search library tools such as the library catalog and article research databases. 

Creating keywords

Ginseng root

  • What is this?
  • What is the active ingredient? 
  • As a supplement, what is it supposed to help your body do?
  • Are there different types/kinds? Do they all behave the same way within the body?

To answer these questions, it's important to find background information to provide some basic facts and context surrounding your supplement. Where exactly can you find this kind of information?

  • Textbooks
  • Medline Plus- Medline Plus is the National Institute of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. 
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health- The NCCIH is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
  • WebMD's Vitamin & Supplement Center
  • Oxford Reference- The database combines quick reference coverage of the full subject spectrum to provide users with reliable and authoritative answers to research questions ranging from ready-reference to comprehensive inquiries.
  • Vitamin/supplement store websites