(International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements)
database was developed to assist the public, health care providers,
educators and researchers in locating credible information
on dietary supplements.
The database was developed by the National Institutes of
Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the US Department
of Agriculture. It contains citations to scientific articles,
with abstracts when available, on vitamins, minerals, and
Note: This database sometimes
receives heavy traffic. If you have trouble accessing it,
try again later. It's well worth the effort.
How to use:
- Click the Search
IBIDS button. You can select from the IBIDS
Consumer Database, the Full
IBIDS Database, or Peer
Reviewed Citations Only.
- Peer-reviewed journals have a board of experts or
"peers" who evaluate articles submitted for publication.
If you are looking for scientific articles with the
highest standard of research, select Peer
Reviewed Citations Only. This also reduces
the number of articles retrieved. Otherwise, select
Consumer Database, which provides credible
scientific information geared to laypeople, or the Full
- Carefully read the instructions at the top of the screen
concerning navigation of the site and then click
in the menu. A new browser window for Keywords appears.
- Click on General Search Terms
under the Go to: menu to access a list
of keywords by classification. Scroll until you find your
- Highlight and copy the list of terms given. (Minimize
the Keywords window by clicking on
in the upper right hand corner.)
- Paste the terms you have just copied into the Search
for text box.
IBIDS and review your results.
- Experiment by returning to the Keywords
window and searching with terms selected from the Keywords
by Alphabetical List of common
names. Compare your results.
- Click Help
in the top navigation bar. A new browser window
appears with Search Instructions and Tips for Efficient