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NST 10: Guide to Library Research

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Finding Books

Use a library catalog to find books, journals, magazines, government reports, maps, and other materials owned by the UCB libraries.

Resource Coverage Unique Features

OskiCat Quick Guide (PDF)
Most UCB libraries
(more information)
  • Renew your books online
  • Find course reserves
  • Request checked out or offsite items
  • Restrict your search to a specific library, online items, or available items only.

Melvyl Guide
Most UCB libraries and many libraries worldwide, plus citations to selected articles
(more information)
  • Search libraries worldwide
  • Request items UCB doesn't own
  • Create and save lists and add tags to items
  • Automatically format citations
Electronic Books Links to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.
  • Search the full text of relevant materials
  • Full text may be available online

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Finding Articles

The Electronic Journals page allows you to find specific journal titles; you can then search or browse for articles within each journal.

Article Databases allow you to search for articles in multiple journals, magazines, conference proceedings, and/or newspapers. Most database records include article citations and abstracts (summaries); to access the full text of articles, use the UC-eLinks button.

Core Article Databases in the
Nutritional Sciences
Years Covered Peer-reviewed Content?

Agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology, ecology, economics, and forestry; indexes journal articles and USDA reports. US focus.

1970-present Some

The most comprehensive biological sciences article database; indexes over 6000 peer-reviewed journals.
(Guide: HTML | PDF)

1926-present Most

Agriculture, nutrition, ecology, forestry, rural sociology, and economics. U.S. and international focus.

1910-present Some
The National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database, indexing articles from more than 4500 journals in biology and biomedicine.
(Guide: HTML | PDF)
1947-present Most
Related Article Databases
Years Covered
Peer-reviewed Content?
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary source for scholarly journal and popular magazine articles; indexes and abstracts articles from more than 10,900 English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese sources. Full text is available for over 5300 journals.
1865-present Some

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Suggested Print Resources

General Information:

  1. The Oxford companion to food / Alan Davidson ; edited by Tom Jaine. 2nd ed.
    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006.

    Bioscience TX349.D36 2006 Ref Shelves.

    Doe Reference TX349.D36 2006 Non-circulating.
  2. Encyclopedia of food sciences and nutrition / editor-in-chief, Benjamin Caballero, editors, Luiz C. Trugo and Paul M.... 2nd ed. San Diego, Calif. : London : Academic, c2003.
    Bioscience TX349.E47 2003 Ref Shelves. Library has: v.1-10 (c2003).
  3. Nutrition : concepts and controversies / Frances Sienkiewicz Sizer, Eleanor Noss Whitney. 10th ed. Australia ; Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, [2005], c2006.
    Bioscience QP141.H34 2006 Reserve: on 2 hour reserve.
  4. Bowes & Church's food values of portions commonly used / Jean A.T. Pennington & Judith Spungen Douglass. 18th ed. Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2005.
    Bioscience TX551.P385 2005 Reserve: on 2 hour reserve.

For Further Reading:

  1. Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Eric Schlosser. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
    Bioscience TX 715.S2968 2001. Library has: 3 copies.
    Moffitt TX715.S2968 2001. (Other libraries on campus also have copies.)
  2. Food politics: how the food industry influences nutrition and health / Marion Nestle. Berkeley: University of California Press, c2002.
    Bioscience TX 360.U6.N47 2002 Reserve. Library has 3 copies on 7-day reserve.
    (Also held at Anthropology, Public Health, and Moffitt libraries.)
  3. The curious cook : more kitchen science and lore / Harold McGee. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1990.
    Bioscience TX 651.M268 1990 Reserve. On 7-day reserve.
  4. The omnivore's dilemma : a natural history of four meals / Michael Pollan. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.
    Bioscience GT 2850.P65 2006. Library has 5 copies. 2 copies are on 2-hour reserve. (Other libraries on campus also have copies.)
  5. "Food culture around the world" series. Search OksiCat for "food culture around the world" to find all volumes in the series. Titles include Food Culture in France, Food Culture in India, Food Culture in South America, etc.

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Suggested Web Sites

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Managing Your References and Evaluating Your Sources

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