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Finding peer-reviewed scientific articles. NUTR/PE 446 Sports Nutrition & Weight Control. What are Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals?. Scientific Journals Periodicals Non-profit organizations Publishes original research articles May also publish reviews, commentaries, letters

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Finding peer-reviewed scientific articles

NUTR/PE 446

Sports Nutrition & Weight Control


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What are Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals?

  • Scientific Journals

    • Periodicals

    • Non-profit organizations

    • Publishes original research articles

      • May also publish reviews, commentaries, letters

      • Different than Professional Journals

    • Submitted articles undergo Peer-Review before being accepted for publication


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What is the Peer-Review process?

  • Purpose: unbiased evaluation of the quality of research and paper

  • Author submits manuscript to journal editor

  • Editor sends ‘blind copy’ to three expert reviewers (peer-reviewers)

  • Reviewers comment on and evaluate manuscript

    • accept, accept with revisions, reject

  • Editor returns manuscript with comments and evaluation (without reviewer’s names) to author.


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Finding original peer-reviewed articles:Where do you start?

  • Your textbook

    • End of most chapters – sections on ergogenic aids

    • Reference list at end of chapters

  • Other references books in sports nutrition available at CWU library

    • Cattrax

      • 39 books for “Sports Nutrition”


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Useful Databases at CWU

  • Medline – First Search

    • Most complete database of medical-related journals

    • Abstracts only

  • Medical Library – ProQuest

    • Full articles

    • Limited search

  • Web of Science – Science Citation Index

    • Allows for search based on citations

      • Important articles

      • More recent articles


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Example: MedLine FirstSeachCreatine and Jumping Performance

  • Search term: Creatine

    • 34,630 articles (4/2/2007)

      • 1,464 full text and scholarly articles in ProQuest

  • Search terms:

    • Creatine and supplementation

    • 786 articles

      • 116 articles in ProQuest

  • Search terms:

    • Creatine and supplementation and Jump

    • 8 articles

      • 1 article in ProQuest


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Example of a citation search using Web of Science:Branched-Chain Amino Acids

  • Williams’ text:

    • P 212-215 (BCAA)



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Using Web of Science

  • Look for more recent articles

    • Cited reference search

  • Look for ‘important articles’

    • General search

      • Sorted by times cited


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Other Resources

  • Interlibrary Loan @ CWU

    • Fast (generally less than one week)

    • Free (usually)

  • Reference Desk @ CWU

    • Gerard Hogan

  • Kittitas Valley Community Hospital

    • Access to full text articles not available at CWU

    • Melanie Jones – very helpful

    • Link on course web page


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