Student Services Librarian
by Ruth Gustafson – August 10, 2020
Think of this course guide as a library menu of resources and services to help you with NUT 120AN. Like a menu, this course guide is there for you to refer to when you need it – some things you may already use or are your favorite resources; others are new things to explore. Like a menu, you can pick and choose what you want to use – you don’t have to “consume” everything. Instead of exploring food and drink on your library menu, you will be exploring the culture of the library: its systems, terminology, and how to find/use key published resources for your topics.
Nutrition collections at UC Davis are split between the two separate health sciences libraries (clinical nutrition resources) and various areas of the Shields Library collection (food and anthropological areas). Important nutrition information may also be found as part of the Government Information collection of Shields Library, Lower Level.
The UCD Libraries comprehensively buys materials on food culture and nutritional anthropology. Browsable Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that bring up these types of publications include:
Food — Cross-cultural Studies OR Food — Social Aspects
Food Consumption — Cross-cultural Studies
Food Habits — Cross-cultural Studies OR Food Habits — United States
Food preferences — United States << change out United States with another country name
Indians of North American — Food
Nutrition — Cross-cultural studies
For information on your country, here are some useful LCSH tactics: use Ethnology — [your country name] or [your country name] — Social Life and Customs
If there are no specific food books just for your country, consider the following:
* Look for a larger regional area that your country fits in, e.g. Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and use that combined with a very broad search for food, e.g. food* OR cook* OR cuisin* OR eating OR dining
* Change to a literature database and look for articles on your country and food.
BONUS HELP!! Public speaking not your thing? The UCD Library selectively buys books on making presentations/public speaking for scientists. Link out to this UCD Library Catalog search to see these online books that the library has access to.
Print-only UCD Books – Temporary Online Access via HathiTrust
During this time when the UCD Library print-only collections are inaccessible, a major source for mass digitization projects (HathiTrust) has temporarily opened access to books that are under U.S. Copyright law (anything published in the U.S. from 1924+).
If UC Davis has a print copy of a book, we own the content and therefore have temporary access (if available) to a digitized copy of the book via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access System (ETAS). PLEASE NOTE: These books will not be recent – they will likely to be 10 years or older.
During class, demonstrations of searching HathiTrust ETAS will be given showing how to determine ETAS availability from the UCD Library Catalog.
Here is a short 4-minute video about using HathiTrust directly, if you know UCD has a particular book only in print.
Handbook of Food and Anthropology – “ … detailed overview of all major areas of the field [with] 20 original essays by leading figures in the discipline examin[ing] traditional areas of research as well as cutting-edge areas of inquiry. Divided into three parts – Food, Self and Others; Food Security, Nutrition and Food Safety; Food as Craft, Industry and Ethics – the book covers topics such as identity, commensality, locality, migration, ethical consumption, artisanal foods, and children’s food. Each chapter features rich ethnography alongside wider analysis of the subject.Internationally renowned scholars offer insights into their core areas of specialty. …” [Publishers description]
Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics – “ … resource for dietitians, nutritionists and students working with both well settled but also recently migrated ethnic groups. Written by a team of authors drawn from the British Dietetic Association’s Specialist Multicultural Nutrition Group the book provides in-depth information to equip the reader in the provision of nutrition advice to minority groups. Spanning a broad range of cultural groups the book seeks to consider religious and cultural requirements in relation to traditional diets; research on migration studies and chronic disease states; and nutrition and dietetic treatment in relation to key chronic diseases.” [Publishers description]
The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology – twelve-volume set of “the field of anthropology and interrelated areas, providing an authoritative and expert overview of the concepts, research, and techniques that together define the discipline. … features contributions from a team of over 800 international scholars making this a work of unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge. Over 1,000 entries, ranging from concise summaries to longer writings, present the reader with in-depth discussions of hundreds of key topics, including: ecology, human evolution, gender, health, language and education, kinship, politics, and power, as well as biographical entries of many of the world’s most influential founding anthropologists …” [Publishers description]
Encyclopedia of Religions – comprehensive work covering all religions.
For encyclopedias on specific religions, see the Encyclopedias and Dictionaries section of the Religious Studies Subject guide.
The Statesman’s Yearbook Series : the Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World – Published yearly since the 1860s for use by diplomatic personnel, this “classic reference work presents a political, economic and social account of every country of the world together with facts and analysis. Each revised edition includes: … updated biographical profiles of all current leaders. Extensive updates to country economic overviews … Expanded and updated historical introductions … Chronology of key political events [respective to the year of coverage] … Comprehensive coverage of major international organizations … [and a] summary of the key events that dominated the world during the year. [Publishers description]
Books that are starred are newly licensed added online copies of print UCD books. The rest are found in the UCD Library Catalog and have the catalog link provided:
*Heritage Cuisines: Traditions, Identities and Tourism
*Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts, and Obesity
Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture
Religion and Sustainable Agriculture: World Spiritual Traditions and Food Ethics
The Immigrant-Food Nexus: Borders, Labor and Identity in North America
There is a subject guide matching nearly every department at the UC Davis campus. Find the Subject Guide which best matches your major! This browsable list is organized by broad disciplinary categories: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, Engineering & Transportation, General & Multidisciplinary Sources, Government Information, Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.
A process through which manuscripts submitted to a journal are evaluated for quality — by one or more subject experts in addition to the editor — before being accepted for publication.
ProQuest article databases (such as PsycINFO) include a checkbox to limit to “Peer Reviewed” articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to locate your journal then look for the black and white striped symbol or referee shirt indicating the publication is “Refereed”