Internet Assignment 2
Read the follow material and use the internet to obtain information. Answear the questions on a seperate text document such as MS Word, Notepad or Write then send it to me as an e-mail attachment at email@example.com
There is an incredible supply of information available to you through the Internet. Some of it is reliable, current, and relevant. Some of it is garbage. It's your job to distinguish the difference.
Fortunately there are people out there in cyberspace, many times experts in their fields, who cruise the Internet, find the best, most useful, Websites, and put them all together in a subject directory for other people to use.
|One example of this is My WebMD, a health information company dedicated to providing credible information, community, and services. They pride themselves in providing health news for the public, medical news for physicians, up-to-date medical reference content databases, and much more.|
|Let's look for mediterranean diet. Type your search words in the "Quick Search" box at the top of the screen and click on GO.|
|Your results will look something like this.
Click on a few of these and see what they have to say. Most of them are news articles, quoting reliable-sounding studies coming from highly respected medical journals. The authors are often health and medical journalists.
Unfortunately, details about research or trials is not given. One way
to check on the reliability of the article is to search again in Medline,
using any names mentioned in the article, or place of the study, or any
other key terms.
|As an example, I found an article that claims that a Mediterranean diet may help control diabetes. I can search Medline at ( http://www.medlineplus.gov/ ) for the phrase 'mediterranean diet', plus the term diabetes.|
|The Medline search engine wants phrases entered with surrounding
quotation marks. Be sure to use the double quotes: "mediterranean diet".
Besides the phrase, I want to look for the word "diabetes". This is what
my search strategy will look like:
"mediterranean diet" diabetes
I don't have to worry about capitalization, or the Boolean AND.
|And here is one of the first items on my result list. By
clicking on one of the author names, I can see a detailed summary of the
Write a citation for any article in Medline that supports (or contradicts) the article you found in My WebMD. Remember how we write citations:
And for multiple authors, we list all their last names and first initials. Each are divided by a comma, except for the last one, which comes after an ampersand:
Cicconetti P., Tafaro L., Tedeschi G., Tombolillo M.T., & Marigliano V.
Explain how this article supports the My WebMD article. (Or how it contradicts the My WebMD article.)
|Let's look at another subject-specific site, the Nutrition Analysis Tool from the University of Illinois.( http://www.nat.uiuc.edu/mainnat.html ) This site lets you enter personal information about your age, gender, and the individual items of food that you've had to eat (for today or yesterday or last week), and then will analyze these foods for their nutrient content: calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, iron, sodium, and many more nutrients.|
|For each food that you enter, you'll be given a list of choices from the NAT database, with your food listed in several varieties (cooked, raw, juice, babyfood). Pick the one closest to what you ate, then pick the amount closest to what you ate. You'll end up with a list like this (with different food, of course):|
|When you've entered in the food you ate for one complete day, click on Analyze Foods. From the Analysis Results Screen, answer these questions:|
|You can save this table to a disk and add to it to keep track of your meals over the next week. Follow the directions on how to save.|
resource for health information is the Nutrition
Navigator website from Tufts University.( http://www.navigator.tufts.edu/
) This site is a rating and review guide that attempts to solve the
two major problems Web users have when seeking nutrition information: how
to quickly find information best suited to their needs and whether to trust
the information they find there. The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator
tries to help you sort through the large volume of nutrition information
on the Internet and find accurate, useful nutrition information you can
Websites are reviewed by Tufts nutritionists, who apply rating and evaluation criteria based on currency and accuracy (10 points), depth of information (7 points), ease of use (5 points) and how often the site is updated (3 points), for 25 total possible points.
|If you click on the General Nutrition graphic, you'll next see
a list of nutrition websites with various descriptions. They tell you who
is sponsoring each site, what kind of information they have, and how many
points, out of the 25 possible, that Tufts has awarded them.
Scroll down through the list until you find something that sounds
interesting to you. Click on it, and browse through their site.
|We have looked at three Internet sources of health-related
We have also revisited Medline, which is probably the most reliable source of medical information available.
You've also been introduced to the way Medline searches for phrases:
You've almost finished another Applied Nutrition assignment. Now comes that very important part:
Make sure you add your name. I.D., and your e-mail address to your answears , save a copy of your work on disk then send your answears to me as an attachment to an e-mail my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions or comments, please send e-mail to
Barry Brazier at email@example.com
Last updated on August 24, 2002.
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