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Food Consumption

Research Question: Does the consumption of genetically modified food pose health risks?

This topic will examine research on health risks posed by genetically modified food. You will also read about what constitutes genetically modified food, and explore its perception among the general public.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

genetically modified organism (GMO). Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select E> Encyclopedia Britannica Online
  • In the search box, type genetically modified organism (GMO) and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the link genetically modified organism (GMO)
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"Genetically Modified Food"

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • Browse Reports > by Issue Tracker > Food Safety > “Genetically Modified Food” (Aug. 31, 2012)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type in food matters go non-GMO and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled: food matters go non-GMO
  • Click the link PDF Full Text icon and read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type: are engineered foods evil and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled Are Engineered Foods Evil? Scientific American 309.3 (2013): 80-85.
  • Click the HTML Full Text link and read the article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: September 30, 2014