SOC 202 The Sociology of Food

FIRST, understand the basics of search design...

The more complex your research topic, the more types of searches you will need to perform - this is a very normal part of research!

You can use this "formula" for advanced search design in library databases:
  • click all images to enlarge:1. If there are variant words for your food, connect them with "OR" 2. If there are search phrases, put then in quotes

 
If your there are variant words for your food, you can connect them with "OR" in the first search box.  Example:

... THEN, use the search words below to design your own search:

  1. ***Below choose the aspect of your food that you want to know more about: History/Industry, Production, Distribution, Consumption and Social Aspects.
    You may need to perform a few different, separate searches to find info on aspects of your food
  2. Under the headings below, copy the string of search words (the string of words connected by OR) for the specific aspect of your food
  3. Then, paste that string of search words into the search tools in the Find Books and Finding Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journal Articles tabs
  4. Below are simply search suggestions; you can of course design your own searches if you wish!

HISTORY / INDUSTRY OF FOOD 

[enter your food name]
AND
history OR industry OR economics OR commodity OR agribusiness OR chain 

PRODUCTION 

  • option 1:

[enter your food name]
AND
labor OR labour OR growers OR farmers OR farming OR ranchers OR ranching 

  • option 2:

[enter your food name]
AND
production OR processing OR manufacturing  

DISTRIBUTION 

[enter your food name]
AND
distribution OR export OR trade OR market OR broker OR regulation 

CONSUMPTION 

[enter your food name]
AND
consumption OR retail OR marketing

SOCIAL ASPECTS 

  • option 1:

[enter your food name]
AND
"social conditions" or "social aspects"

  • option 2:

[enter your food name]
AND
culture OR cultural

  • option 3:

[enter your food name]
AND
gender OR ethnic OR racial