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NST 104: Guide to Library Research


Finding Books

Use a library catalog such as OskiCat or Melvyl to find books, journals, magazines, government reports, maps, and other materials owned by the UCB libraries.
The Electronic Books page has links to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.

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

Search article databases to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. These databases index articles published in selected journals and magazines, papers presented at conferences, and other sources. Most records include citations and abstracts with links to the full text of articles (when available). To access the full text, use the UC-eLinks button.

Core Nutritional Sciences
Article Databases
Years Covered Peer-reviewed Content?
Agriculture, 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
Ecology, forestry, agriculture, 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
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
Citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, pamphlets, book chapters and statistical sources in the fields of social and political policy.
1972-present Minimal

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Suggested Print Resources

  1. Encyclopedia of food and culture / Solomon H. Katz, editor in chief ; William Woys Weaver, associate editor. New York : Scribner/Thomson Gale, c2003.
    • Bioscience GT2850.E53 2003 Ref Shelves
    • Doe Reference GT2850.E53 2003
  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 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 at the Bioscience Library Circulation Desk. (Other libraries on campus also have copies.)
  4. The Oxford companion to food / Alan Davidson ; edited by Tom Jaine. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
    • Bioscience TX349.D36 2006 Ref Shelves.
  5. "California studies in food and culture" series. Choose Advanced Search in Melvyl to search by Series = “california studies in food and culture;” this will show all volumes in the series.
  6. "Food culture around the world" series. Choose Advanced Search in Melvyl to search by Series = “food culture around the world;” this will show 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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