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FYS Food, Health & the Environment: Start Here

Food, Health and the Environment Library Guide

Selected Books from the Smith Library Center

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 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the online catalog yields over many titles on your topics. If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

 A few examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Each is a live link directly into the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.

Many of the subject headings listed below may also work in the listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.

Use WorldCat@SU 

The quickest way to find the article is to type the full title in the single search box on the library homepage.  WorldCat@SU will search multiple databases at the same time, presenting you with the article title.  For example, Empty pastures : confined animals and the transformation of the rural landscape.

Find Specific Online Journal title Find the Journal by Title TAB allows you to search for full-text journals, as well as browse for titles by disciplines.  Type the title of the journal in the search box, then look down the results page until you locate the correct title.  For example, Food, Culture and Society.  Now you will  see links to databases which contain full-text articles. 
Search database to find the full-text article Once you have located an article via searching a library database, check to see if there is a link to a PDF full-text or HTML page with full-text.  You can also check the WorldCat@SU to see if the journal is available in print.  If the article is not online AND the journal is not available in print, then use GET IT!

Use GET IT! 

If article is not available at Smith Library Center, you have another option to getting it.  Use GET IT, our interlibrary loan service.  You will need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in thereafter.
DATABASES View the full list of databases organized by title.
Academic Search Complete Large general database of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines covering a wide range of topics. Good starting point for research.
Agricola (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) Encompasses all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural products, alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition. 
Gale in Context Science

The database covers astronomy, biology, chemistry and environmental sciences, health and medicine, and more.  Covers academic journals and even experiments. Explore the topic page, see Food Safety.

Gale in Context Medicine and Health Find new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results. Search Topicfinder.
Environment Index Full-text database for environmental studies. It provides hundreds of top environment journals and books covering agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, public policy, sustainability and other related subjects.

Focus on human impact on the environment. Topics covered include green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.  The database draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

JSTOR COLLECTION Important scholarly journals, e-books, and over 2 million primary sources. Search by subject or browse full text of scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social science and life sciences, to their earliest issues. Many titles extend as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries; most recent 3-5 years not included.  Click here for JSTOR tutorial.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale) Opposing Viewpoints offers material to support differing views and help students develop critical thinking skills on thousands of current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia. For example, "Agriculture Must Adopt More Sustainable Farming Methods."
SciTech Premium Collection Includes the Natural Science Collection and Technology Collection databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports.
Sustainability JSTOR Reference Center
Is a robust full-text database covering all aspects of sustainability, including environmental stewardship, corporate social responsibility and federal, state and local regulations. It includes full text journals, magazines, and books. 
ScienceDirect Includes high-level, prestigious  science journals.

The four common systems of documentation are:  MLA, used in English and the humanities; APA, used in psychology and the social sciences; Chicago, used primarily in history; and CBE, used in the sciences.