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Clinical Nutrition

This guide provides an overview of resources and search strategies for clinical nutrition research.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely-available search engine that focuses on scholarly literature. Results from searches link to a variety of items,  Sometimes the full text is immediately available, but sometimes full-text is denied to non-subscribers. Through its library, Rush subscribes to thousands of journal publications. Follow these steps to link Rush's library to Google Scholar.

Hint:  If you use RefWorks, a few more steps will allow you to export your findings directly into RefWorks (see next page; click the link to the left)

Link Google Scholar to Rush Library Holdings

  1. Often, the documents found through Google Scholar are not freely available in full-text.  For easier (and free) access to these same documents through Rush Library, link Google Scholar to Rush Library holdings.
  2. Go to the Google Scholar website (
  3. You will need a Google account.  If you have one, log in; If you do not, you will need to create one.  Then apply the following changes to any computers you regularly use.
  4. Click Settings in the top bar.
  5. Click Library Links in the menu.
  6. Enter “Rush” into the search bar, and click the magnifying glass icon.Mark the checkbox next to “Library of Rush University Medical Center—Get it @ Rush


Perform your search (or go back to search results and hit Refresh).  You should see a double arrow at the end of the citation.  Click it and look for a Get It @ Rush link. Click the Get It @ Rush link to see if Rush Library offers full-text access to the document. If access is not available through Rush, you will be given the option to request the item through interlibrary loan (ILLiad).

If Google does not include a Get It @ Rush icon for an article, you can find out if Rush offers full text access to the journal by searching for the journal title in our eJournals list (click eJournals & eBooks from the Quick Links column on our library website).

Google Searches - Tips and Tricks

Some tips and tricks on searching in Google Scholar

Want to do an Advanced Search?  From the main Google Scholar search screen, click on More (the three bars on top of each other, to the left of the Google logo).  

Limit your results to a certain file type (i.e. you can limit results to those with full text by finding only those that have a PDF)

  • after your keywords,  type    filetype:      (Note:  no space after the colon)
  • example:    diabetes  filetype:PDF   returns only results that have a PDF associated with them

Eliminate search terms

  • use the minus symbol before the word you want excluded   
  • example:    diabetes -gestational    returns results related to diabetes but eliminates those that mention the word "gestational."  Use this with caution, as sometimes this eliminates good results too.  For example, an article that talks about  Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes and gestational diabetes will NOT be returned;  it would be eliminated because it has the word "gestational" in it.

Keep a phrase together

  • put the phrase in quotes 
  • example:  "diabetes mellitus"   returns only those articles that have that exact phrase

Get a citation

  • click on the " sign (the single quotation mark) underneath the result

Search using OR

  • must be capitalized OR

Find similar articles

  • click on either "Related articles" or "cited by" underneath the result

Export citations as an RIS file

  • save the citations you want by clicking the star (first item on the left on the line under the citation).  This puts them into your library.  Items will stay in your library until you choose to delete them, so you can do many searches on different days and they will remain in your library.  When you are ready to export, go into My Library (upper right) and click the box that selects all.  Next click the icon for Export, then choose RefMan.  This creates a file in RIS format.  It will show up in your Downloads folder.

Proximity Searches

  • For example:   (bacteria OR microbiome) AROUND(3) (cancer OR neoplasm)


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