Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 41

Before you conducted a detailed search for journal articles, monographs, etc., you may find it helpful to use some overview articles to help narrow (or expand) your topic and to identify key theories and disputes in the field.  For example, the Encyclopedia of Obesity (Kathleen Keller, ed., 2008) in our reference collection has such an article, with references to some studies.  You can identify other relevant books by searching our catalog for the SUBJECT Obesity.  There are a number of items that deal specifically with prevention.

When you're ready to begin searching journal articles and reviews, try your search in our health & life sciences databases (  The following databases are particularly strong in review of published medical research and evidence-based medicine:  BMJ Best Practices, BMJ Clinical Evidence, Cochrane's,  DARE, Nursing & Allied Health Source.  CINAHL and MEDLINE have search limit tools (below the basic search boxes) where you can identify the "Publication Type" which you are seeking.  Scroll down the list to "Review" and choose that (NOT "book review") to obtain review articles in particular.

 Publication Type Limit

Other relevant research may be found in multi-disciplinary databases, such as Academic Search Premier and JSTOR, as well as related subject databases such as PsychARTICLES, PsychINFO, Social Work, and Web of Science.

Our Health Sciences Librarian, Jeff Orrico, has prepared LibGuides with additional information on Nursing Information Resources( and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences (

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