Foodways: Food Culture, Cookery, Culinary Tourism

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Get Started: Foodways

As an interdisciplinary subject, materials on the nutrition, history of food, food culture, cookery, culinary tourism are located in many subject specialty libraries on campus. Our digital collections span all subjects and are available 24/7, wherever you are.

Search library resources in the OskiCat catalog for cookbooks, cultural history, books, ebooks, articles, conference proceedings, and news.

Current UCB faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have access to licensed resources & materials such as journals (print & electronic), books (print & electronic), databases, indexes, data and citation management software. [HIST 2 Guide]

Bioscience Top Ten List

Contact us if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources.
Use the Recommend a title form for purchase recommendations.
Visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site for more resources.

Dictionaries & Handbooks

AccessScience - Covers general science, food science and technology.

An A-Z of Food and Drink
/ John Ayto. (print)

American dictionary of culinary terms, a comphrehensive guide to the vocabulary of the kitchen

Food Environment Atlas (e-resource) Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. interactive map, a variety of statistics.

The Cassell Food Dictionary


FOODnetBASE: expert guidance on food safety, quality, processing, brewing, regulations, & microbiology. Includes information on latest functional foods, antioxidants, foodborne pathogens, and packaging technologies. and the new edition of Fenaroli’s Handbook of Food Additives.

Larousse gastronomique
: the worlds greatest culinary encyclopedia

Fast food and junk food: an encyclopedia of what we love to eat

Encyclopedia of food and culture
, v. 1-3.

Encyclopedia of foods: a guide to healthy nutrition
. (ebook)

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Encyclopedia of American Social  History

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

Connecting from off campus:
To access Library resources from off campus you must configure your computer with proxy server settings.

After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

Find Books, eBooks, Journals

Print & Electronic Books are cataloged in OskiCat and Melvyl. Some are included in publisher packages or special subject collections.

Use the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library eBooks list for full-text collections such as CRCnetBASE, The Prokaryotes, Springer E-books, ebrary, and Knovel Library.

Search the Library catalogs

OskiCat: UCB, use to 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.

: Limit your search to Available Online.Journals: When searching on exact journal titles, change the search field to Title and limit the search to Journals / Magazines / Newspapers.

Melvyl: UC System,search for books, ebooks, journals, dissertations, and articles. Search libraries worldwide, request items UCB does NOT own, create and save lists, automatically format citations; use keywords or subject headings for title, subject, author.

For materials not owned by UC Berkeley: Borrowing from Other Libraries.

Electronic Books: are included in OskiCat, Melvyl,
Google Books
, Google Scholar.
Open Library

Use UC e-Links to link to the full text of articles ( if available).

Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
Dates: 1861 - present
Coverage: Indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities. Dissertations published since 1980, and master's theses since 1988, include brief abstracts written by the authors. Offers full text of most of the dissertations added since 1997.
Search by: thesis advisor, topic or title term, author, and other fields.

UC Berkeley Dissertations
To search for UC dissertations, go to Dissertations and Theses @ University of California (available in full text).

To locate dissertations from a specific UC Berkeley department, search OskiCat for the keywords berkeley dissertations <department name>.

Example: berkeley dissertations molecular and cell biology

Foodways: Sample searches

enter keywords:  cooking American

use truncation / wildcard for variant word endings
example:  cook* =cookery, cooking, cookbook(S)

subject searches: 
     cooking, American - western style
     cooking west
     cookbooks - west
     fireplace cooking
     food habits - california
     food habits - history
     food - history      gastronomy
     outdoor cooking
     Cooking western

broaden and narrow your searches: keywords:  Outdoor cooking california

advanced search cookery chinese language:  english
year of publication:  after 1945 before 1990

Search with the name of a person or organization, as an author or topic:
author:  Waters, Alice
author:  united states food and drug administration

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")
  • Foodways: Sample Searches in OskiCat

    other searches in OskiCat:

    Limit to location:
    Bioscience and Natural Resouces Library
    use Keywords:

    Holl gastronomy
    (for materials in the Holl Gastronomy Collection

    Or Environmental Design Library
    search for keyword food / location envi
    Food and the city: urban agriculture and the new food

    Advanced search:
    enter subject: food
    subject tourism

    Food & Cookery Article Databases

    The following selected databases include articles, conference papers, technical data and reports.  Click on the UC-eLinks button to access the full text of the article (if Berkeley has a subscription). ucelinks

    Find e-Journals

    View Bioscience & Natural Resources Library ejournal titles.
    Search UC, E-Journal Titles A-Z

    Keeping current add RSS feeds, journal article alerts, email .
    Citation Linker, search for articles when you have the author, titles, publication.

    See also Full list of UC Berkeley Databases.

    Use to find full text.

    Off-campus Access to Library Resources

    Before you can access UCB Library resources from off campus, via your laptop or other mobile devices, you need to configure your computer using one of two methods (Proxy Server is the quickest and easiest):

    Proxy Server
    After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.  Make sure you check the proxy configuration before you start researching.

    VPN (Virtual Private Network)
    After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

    More information: Connecting from Off Campus

    Science Writing, selected titles

    A Field Guide for Science Writers by Blum et al. T11 F52 2006 PHYS Scientific writing: thinking in words by Lindsay Am I making myself clear? a scientist's guide to talking to the public/ Cornelia Dean Scientific writing and communication: papers, proposals, and presentations by Hoffman. Q223 H63 2010 The manual of scientific style: a guide for authors, editors, & researchers by Rabinowitz & Vogel. T11 .M3385 2009 PHYS 

    A Field Guide for Science Writers / eBook: by Blum, Henig Robin, 2006
    A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing
    / eBook. Blackwell & Martin, 2011.
    Am I making myself clear? a scientist's guide to talking to the public
    / & ebook Cornelia Dean.
    Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words
    / Lindsay, 2011.
    Scientific Style and Format, The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers
    . 7th ed. Council of Science Editors.
    The Manual of Scientific Style: A Guide for Authors, Editors, and Researchers
    / eBook /  Rabinowitz and Vogel, 2009.
    The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
    /Dawkins, 2008.
    Who Owns This Text?: Plagiarism, Authorship, and Disciplinary Culture
    s / Haviland. Mullin, 2009.

    Critical evaluation of resources
    – a guide to assessing resources for academic suitability.
    Writing for science and engineering: papers, presentations and reports
    / Heather Silyn-Roberts. 2013

    Citation Management Tools

    Reference managers help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, & create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Compare.

    Widely used citation managers include:

    : Free for UC Berkeley users. Web-based manager with direct export integrated into many databases. Organize and share references, and format citations and bibliographies.
    Sign up for a RefWorks account.
    Getting Started with RefWorks

    : may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central. Good PDF management and annotation tools. Automatically searches for full-text PDFs (if available) for citations. Formats citations and bibliographies. Requires purchase of annual or semi-annual upgrades to remain current.

    : Free plug-in for Firefox and standalone versions for Chrome and Internet Explorer. Automatically extracts metadata from many PDFs and web pages. Permits tagging, notation, and full text searching of your library of resources. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting, and has a free (but limited) web backup service.Getting Started with Zotero Note: When using software to automatically format your citations, double-check the formatting for correctness.

    : Free (up to 2GB). Web-based component that syncs with a desktop client. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting. Includes some social elements that allows for sharing and recommendations.

    Presentations - Posters & Data

    Use this brief list to get started, go to Poster Presentations for more design and layout information.

    1. PURPOSE of a poster = rapid, concise & visual communication of research.

    2. PREPARE CONTENT = follow a template.

    3. DESIGN your poster = choose a layout.

    4. CONSTRUCT your poster = print it

    5. PRESENT your poster =  be clear, friendly, confident of your results.

    Data Management Basics

    NSF Data Management Plan Requirements: Proposals submitted or due on or after January 18, 2011, must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”.

    Collaboration, accessibility and transparency are necessary for data management in modern science., NSF, NIH and other federal agencies mandate data plans with grant proposals.
    Start with this list:
    ---- Make a plan to store your data
    ---- Find the right medium to store your data
    ---- Develop a system to organize your data
    ---- Make sure that your data has easy access
    ---- Make sure that your data is safe and secure.

    Data Management

    Use the following links for UC Berkeley, University of California, links to federal sites, copyright and more.

    University of California Resources
    1. UC3, University of California Curation Center - UC/California Digital Library

    2. EZID: create a persistant DOI or ARK. ~long term, unique identifiers. (UC/CDL).
        Berkeley researchers can request a free account by contacting

    3. DMPTool: Manage Your Data - develop a Data Management Plan, see Funder Requirements (CDL)

    4. Scientific Data Services -- Science Libraries @ UC Berkeley - guide to our services.

    5. UC Berkeley Data Services Management, IST.  See comparative table.

    Data Repositories and more

    Integrative Biology and the Environment - Data Repositories - selected of websites.

    To find additional data repositories:
    Open Access Directory of Data Repositories [Simmons University]
    DataBib [Institute of Museum and Library Services]

    USEFUL sites
    Data Conservancy Organization - (NSF) collect, organize, & preserve data.
    Many Eyes: data visualization tools from IBM.
    Data Management & Publishing Checklist, MIT
    NSF Division of Institution & Award Support

    US Naval Observatory (USNO)  - Oceanography Portal
    : includes a range of astronomical data and products, & serves as the official source of time for the U.S. Department of Defense & a standard of time for the entire United States.

    Content Management

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    Content Sharing and managment

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