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FYS Wake Up! The Science, History, and Culture of Coffee: Start Here

Start exploring here

Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia and is perfect for background research or formulating your topic. It includes topic pages with mind maps (examples: Coffee and Caffeine) and specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources (example: Coffee from The Oxford Companion to Food, International Coffee Agreement from Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms, Fair Trade from Global Social Issues: An Encyclopedia).

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The databases featured in this box are particularly useful for this class. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub

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Books & eBooks at Smith Library Center

Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to the aspect of coffee that interests you- time period, culture/geographical region, biological or biochemical, economic, ethical or or other facet to start your search in the library's catalog, WorldCat@SU. Try different combinations and different spellings, if applicable. When you find a relevant resource, try clicking the subject links to lead to more resources on the topic. (Click on 'view description' to access.) Also browse the shelf nearby for related titles. Ask your librarian for advanced search tips!


Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:

Coffee industry | Coffee History | Kaffee | Coffeehouses | Coffee Social aspects | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Industries Agribusiness | Competition, Unfair Guatemala | Caffeine | Humans Brain Biochemistry | Caffeine Health Benefits | Coffee industry Latin America history | Exports Developing countries | Popular culture Japan | Coffee brewing


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