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Science Fundamentals (MTSC-115): Search for Articles

Search for Articles

Omnivore ArticleSearch

Omnivore OneSearch Help Guide                   Advanced Search

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Find Full-Text Journals

Science Databases for Scholarly Sources

General Databases for Popular Sources


GMO Subject Terms

  • Genetically Modified Organisms
    • Genetically Modified Foods
    • Genetically Modified Plants
  • Genetically Altered Foods
  • Transgenic Organisms
    • Transgenic Plants
    • Transgenic Seeds
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
    • Food Biotechnology
    • Seeds Biotechnology
  • Genetic Engineering
    • Crops Genetic Engineering
    • Plant Genetic Engineering
    • Genetic Engineering in Agriculture

Additional Terms

  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Consumer
  • Consumption
  • Preferences
  • Sensory Perception
  • Taste
  • Flavor


Research Strategy

Search tips:

  • For Scholarly Journals use a specific Science Database
  • For Popular and Trade Magazines use Omnivore ArticleSearch or a Multidisciplinary Database with broad coverage of subjects and types of publications
  • Identify the appropriate Subject Terminology to describe your topic or concept
  • Use Database Tools
    • Use the search tools & filters to refine your results, for example,
      • peer-reviewed, full-text, year published, etc.
    • Use the Advanced Search to search for terms in the subject, title, abstract, and more

Finding a Peer-Reviewed Research Article

1. Select Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly when you search

Omnivore ArticleSearch, and most databases, have a button to check when you search or limit/filter your search results.
Omnivore Articles screenshots 

Advanced Search page  Search Results page

Omnivore peer reviewed screenshot

2. Confirm that it is a Research Article

Limiting your search results to articles published in peer reviewed scholarly journals is the first step. 
Scholarly Journals include other types of documents, such as essays, literature reviews, book reviews, commentary, letters to the editor, announcements, etc. So...

How do I know if it is an actual research article? 

A research article reports the original work of a scholar and will present evidence and conclusions. 

A research article must have:

  • a named Author
  • a Bibliography or References
  • PDF format available
  • more than a few pages


Look at the structure of the article; many academic research articles use a standard format:

  • Abstract (summary of the whole article)
  • Introduction (why they did the research)
  • Materials & Methodology (how they did the research)
  • Results (what happened)
  • Discussion (what the results mean)
  • Conclusion (what they learned)
  • References (whose research they read)

General Tips for Database Searching

Searching is a process, you will try one search, evaluate your results, modify your strategy and try again.

  • Start with simple keyword searching
  • Use the Database Options to Refine or Limit and narrow your search
  • LIMITS include;
    • Scholarly & Peer Review
    • Full-Text
    • Date of Publication
    • Format or Document Type e.g. article, book review, letter to editor
  • Evaluate an article by reading the Abstract or summary.
  • Review your results to identify concepts & terminology that can help improve your search results.
  • Look at Subject Headings & Descriptors, standard vocabulary terms that describe the contents of articles
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to mix and match keywords and subjects and more.

Advanced Search Tips

Phrase Searches    
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed, e.g. "culinary science", "fast casual"

Truncation & Wildcards *  
The asterisk ('*') matches non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "farm*" will match "farm", "farmer", "farmed", "farming", "farmworker", "farmhouse", etc.

Boolean Operators
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words.

  • stocks AND sauces {search results must have both terms}
  • stocks OR sauces {must have at least one of the terms}
  • stocks NOT sauces {must have first term and must not include second term}
  • Use the Database Tools to Email, Save & Cite articles.

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