Answered By: Rosemary Burgos-Mira
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014     Views: 57

You may be having difficulty because your topic is very broad. As such, you may want to narrow down your topic to a specific sport (i.e., basketball), a specific population of athletes (i.e., college athletes), or a particular issue related to sports nutrition (i.e., controversial supplements).  

To find articles related to your current topic, select the CINAHL database from our A-Z Databases page (  Identify key concepts and break down these concepts into as many related keywords as possible. For example:

Topic/concept: Sports nutrition

Keywords: Sports medicine AND nutrition

Use these keywords to populate your search fields; select AND from the drop-down menu between search fields to connect concepts. See below.


The search conducted above will produce the following results. Select "Peer Reviewed" (circled in red) to limit your results to peer reviewed articles.


Once you have limited your search to peer-reviewed articles, open the database entry for each of the articles by clicking on the article's title. Review the article's abstract to determine whether the article will meet the needs of your assignment. (Also, take note of the subjects under which the article is cataloged. You can use these terms to refine your search further.)


Using the same strategy, you may also want to explore our other Health Sciences databases (i.e., PubMed, Ovid, etc.) available at the following URL:

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