Energy Drinks on Campus

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Here are a few tips about sources, subject headings, and strategies that you may want to start with. Note that these tips are just a start: think broadly about the sort of information you need and about who might have that information (government/association/academic/news/etc.).


Articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers

A. Health angle: Some of your sub-questions may deal with the health impact of energy drinks such as Red Bull.

Try searching in MedLine using various combinations of such Subjects as:

  • Caffeine - adverse effects
  • Beverages - adverse effects
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants - adverse effects
  • Health products

... But also just try a general keyword search for energy drinks.


B. Education angle: The education journals deal with the administration and policies of all sorts of schools, including postsecondary institutions. In addition, such journals may touch on the effects of such drinks on learning abilities and health.

Start with a focused keyword search in our largest Education database, Education Source, for energy drink, but also try combinations of such terms as:

  • Health promotion
  • Food habits
  • Student health
  • Health of college students
  • Nutrition education (Higher)
  • College students -- Nutrition
  • School holding power
  • Higher education
  • College students
  • Community colleges
  • Student attitudes

Also from the Education perspective, our ERIC database is worth a look. Not many articles in ERIC will directly address health promotion techniques, but there are a few good ones: see this article for an example of the sort of information you can find in ERIC.


C. Business angle: Depending on the specific questions you are trying to answer, the business magazines and journals may not be as good of a place to start as the health/education publications. However, you could try searching in Business Source Complete using various combinations of such Subjects as:

  • Energy drink industry
  • Non-alcoholic beverage industry
  • Soft drink industry
  • Consumers - Attitudes
  • Beverage industry
  • Cost effectiveness of health promotion


D. For more of a Canadian perspective, try CBCA Complete and look for articles using the same terms (as keywords rather than subjects) that you used in the databases above. Also try Canadian Newsstand for Canadian newspaper articles.

  • Follow all leads! Even a short news article might lead you to more comprehensive information in other sources or give you ideas about related issues and perspectives to cover in your report. For instance...


Books & reports

A. This rough search will lead you to some government and research institute reports on this topic, as well as some broader books on the health aspects and impacts of beverages.


Other resources

A. Health Canada has some useful resources on this topic such as Safe Use of Energy Drinks (2005). Also from Health Canada:

of the Potential Health Risksin the Canadian Context].


B. Our Vividata database has data on the demographics of the Canadian users of Energy Drinks, both as a general class of beverage and as specific brands such as Red Bull. This resource is a bit difficult to use, and the resulting reports can be hard to understand. See this guide to learn how to use it.


C. Our Statista database can help you search for statistics on topics such as "Energy Drinks." Be sure to look for links to the original publishers of any statistics that you find via Statista. For instance, this Statista table came from this report completed for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada by Euromonitor.


D. Speaking of Euromonitor (see C above), SFU researchers have access to a database of Euromonitor's analysis and data: Passport. If you search for the phrase "energy drinks" in Passport, you'll find detailed market size and brand share data as well as analysis that talks about a significant recovery and growth period for the industry starting around 2012.


E. The following reports came up in my initial searches. Be sure to check them for references, etc. that you can use to find further information!


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