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Health and Fitness Overview (TR): Find Articles

Databases to Try

Database Tips

Articles are found using an online tool called a database.  Search the databases to find scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.  When off campus, you must login with your Web Advisor username and password to access a database through TCC libraries.

Broaden your search by thinking of various keywords that describe the subject.  For example, when searching for information on health topics, don't forget to also use keywords that might generate additional relevant information like nutrition, exercise, or physical activity.

Also Remember:

Quotation marks = search for phrases (two or more words): "physical fitness"

OR = more. Combine synonyms or similar terms to increase the number of results: fitness OR wellness OR "physical activity"

AND = narrow your results. Combine different concepts to narrow your search: symptoms AND treatments

Topic: Stress and Fitness

Example search in ProQuest database:

  • keywords: stress AND "physical fitness"

Example results

  • JOURNAL ARTICLE:   Perales, F., del Pozo-Cruz, J., & del Pozo-Cruz, B. (2014). Impact of Physical Activity on Psychological Distress: A Prospective Analysis of an Australian National Sample. American Journal Of Public Health, 104(12), e91-e97.

  • JOURNAL ARTICLE:  Gillan, W., Naquin, M., Zannis, M., Bowers, A., Brewer, J., & Russell, S. (2013). Correlations among stress, physical activity and nutrition: School employee health behavior. The ICHPER-SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance, 8(1), 55-60.

  • MAGAZINE ARTICLE:   Kirsch, D. (2006, 09). Stress less, feel better every day. Shape, 26, 42.

Topic: Using nutrition to manage a chronic illness

Example searches:

  • nutrition AND "chronic illness"
  • nutrition AND illness AND treatment

Example results

  • JOURNAL ARTICLE:   Kimberley Riley, et al. "Multi-Level Support For Physical Activity And Healthy Eating." Journal Of Advanced Nursing 54.5 (2006): 585-593. Academic Search Complete. Web. 7 Apr. 2013.
  • REPORT:  Sadler, M. J. "6Th International Symposium On The Role Of Soy In Preventing And Treating Chronic Disease." Nutrition Bulletin 31.2 (2006): 150-159. Academic Search Complete. Web. 7 Apr. 2013.
  • E-BOOK:   Bronner, Felix. Nutritional And Clinical Management Of Chronic Conditions And Diseases. n.p.: CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Apr. 2013.

Keyword Ideas


  • nutrition
  • exercise
  • wellness
  • well-being
  • obesity
  • dietetics
  • fitness
  • "weight management"
  • "healthy living"
  • "active living"
  • "healthy lifestyle"
  • "health promotion"
  • "illness prevention"
  • "stress management"
  • "mental health"
  • "emotional health"
  • "physical fitness"
  • "alternative medicine"
  • "complementary medicine"
  • Subject plus keyword: Health AND nutrition
  • Subject plus keyword: Health AND education
  • Subject plus keyword: Health AND "physical fitness"