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Food Studies

Search Tips and Strategies

Youtube video: Mapping Your Research Ideas

YouTube video: Crafting a Savvy Search Strategy

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1. Map out your research questions.

Turn your ideas for research projects into questions.

2. Craft a savvy search.

Generate a diverse set of keywords and take advantage of search filters to generate more effective article searches.

3. Seek out diverse perspectives on your topic.

Look for articles that address your research interests from multiple perspectives. Improve your search by using a variety of keywords and multiple databases.


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Citation - A brief introduction

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1. Why cite?

Watch this quick video for an overview of why citation really matters.

2. Determine your citation style.

Check out the submission guidelines or assignment prompt to determine the proper citation style. When in doubt, ask a researcher in the field, the instructor, or a librarian for help.

3. Use a citation tool.

Check out ZoteroEndnote, or Mendeley to keep track of your articles and create citations. You can also use the citation tools in many databases. Check out our guide to citing sources for more information.


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Databases and Example Article Searches

Example searches in Academic Search Complete:

  • Subject: Food - searches for scholarly articles where "Food" is listed as a main subject of the article.
  • Subject: Food  AND Keyword: Food History - searches for peer-reviewed articles where "Food" is listed as a subject of the article and "Production History" is a keyword.

Example search in GreenFILE:

Example search in AGRICOLA:

Example searches in PAIS International:

Example Searches in Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management:

Examples of searches in ScienceDirect:

Example search in America: History & Life:

Example searched is JSTOR:

Example searches in Historical Abstracts:

Example searches in Anthropology Plus:

Article Databases: Food in Literature


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Thematic and topical bibliographies on Food Studies and related topics.