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HEA 110: Health Research Midterm (Coutouzis)

This research guide includes resources to help you complete the HEA-110 Health Research Midterm on College Students and Health for Coutouzis.


Use this focused rubric and the resources below to develop your site.

  1. High-risk behaviors and negative lifestyle choices: habits and behaviors are more commonly seen in the U.S. college student population that can lead to poor body composition.
  2. Short- and long-term health effects: discuss the health effects of underweight and overweight body composition.
  3. Symptoms and/or indicators, and tests/diagnoses for a person that may be on the negative end of the wellness spectrum: detail symptoms and indicators for someone struggling with unhealthy body composition. How would a health professional identify an unhealthy body composition?
  4. Optimal lifestyle choices for prevention, and how to seek treatment when needed: how can U.S. college students improve their habits identified in rubric item number one if they wanted to maintain or achieve a healthy body composition? Identify different treatment options and types of qualified professionals if additional help/treatment is needed.
  5. Globalized content is included: and do not forget to copy and paste the following focus points/questions into your site. Compare the current rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. to your assigned country. What similarities and differences do you see in our diet compared to theirs? What can our country learn from their culture that could help lower U.S. overweight and obesity?
  6. Information is adapted to the college-aged population (15-24 years of age): make this consistent, and do not discuss adolescents or the average adult population.
  7. Credible sources referenced and cited in-text: for all information, including infographics and videos used.
  8. Site uses concise and easily understood information, as well as a variety of images, infographics, and/or videos: think of what you like to see when you look up health information. Make your page easily navigable, and sections of information clearly identified. Avoid text that is too small to read, and be sure your images are not blurry or cropped too much.


These resources below have been specifically chosen by your instructor and the librarian to help you find the information you need to complete the project. You will need to find two additional sources on your own. To find more, scroll down this page to search for more resources such as articles, statistics, or books.

Additional Resources


Search for Articles and E-books

Summon Search

Advanced Search Options  |  Summon Help

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Search Examples

You can copy and paste any of the following search phrases into the search box above in order to get started. Edit the search to include the name of the country, region, or ethnic group that you are researching. 

  • (Switzerland OR Swiss) AND "body composition"
  • (Italy OR Italian) AND "body composition" AND assessment
  • Argentina AND obesity AND "body composition"
  • obesity AND prevention AND (global OR world OR international)‚Äč


Search Tips

  • Make sure that the information presented is ABOUT your assigned country. Use the Advanced Search Options to do a Subject Term search on your country name. Then refine your search further by adding relevant keywords. Step-by-step instructions are included below.
  • Check the publication date of each source you find. Try to use resources published within the past 5 years. 


How to Use the Advanced Search

  • Click Advanced Search Options (opens a new window)
  • Change All Fields to Subject Terms by using the drop-down menu.
  • Type the country name in the corresponding text box.
  • In the next line, leave All Fields as is, then type keywords to further describe your topic.
  • Click the plus icon (+) to add more lines if needed.
  • Limit the publication date by clicking last 5 years.
  • There are many more options on the Advanced search page that you can explore and try out. 
  • Scroll down and click the Search button.
  • Click the example image below to view a larger version.


Summon Advanced Search Example

Search for Statistics

How to Use FastStats

  • You can type keywords in the search box, or choose a topic from the navigation menu.
  • In addition to the quick facts that appear at the top of the page, make sure that you explore any links listed under the sections titled Related FastStats, and More Data
  • There are other places to search for statistics. If you need help, ask a librarian!

FastStats Illicit Drug Topic Page

Off-Campus Access

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