SOC 202: The Sociology of Food

Before You Search...

Starting with Background Info

Always start with background information. Even though these sources are not considered "scholarly"... 
  • they are excellent tools to get you a basic understanding of your topic
  • they will supply you with the critical keywords necessary for the next step: construct an effective advanced search for scholarly sources

Find Background Info

Searching for Background Info

Before you start more complex research, gain good, grounded background info on your topic.

  1. Click the Gale Ebooks/Gale Virtual Reference Library link below:

  1. Do a basic search on your food.
    • example: coffee

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images shows a basic search for coffee

  1. Different books give you different flavors of information, so you may want to use a couple of books to give you a fuller understanding of your topic.  Look for books that focus on food itself or food as a commodity such as the ones shown below. 

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example of an article from a larger book about food

example of an article from a larger book about world trade

  1. You can use these articles as sources for your project.  Also, scan the article for search words that you can use for future searches:

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image of article showing keywords highlighted in text

Selected Reference Books

Featured eBooks

  1. Click on the books below
  2. Then search for your food in the "search within publication" box

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search within publication search box