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Food and Culture Research Guide

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Library Catalogs

Reference Works

Journal Article Indexes and Databases

Internet Sites

Other C.O.D. Library Online Research Guides

C.O.D. Anthropology Program

C.O.D. Culinary Arts Program

Citing Your Sources Help

Interlibrary Loan

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Library Catalogs 

Look in the following catalogs for books, videos and other types of audiovisual items held in libraries. 

COD Library Catalog : for materials in the COD Library only. In this online catalog you can conduct a KEYWORD search by using the search statement "food and culture" and come up with many items. A good SUBJECT search is FOOD HABITS, or try a KEYWORD search using FOOD HABITS AND [here type in the name of a country or culture group].

To find ccokbooks, you can do a KEYWORD search. In one search box type in the name of the group or location or topic, and in the second search box type in: cookbook or cookery

"Food Culture around the World" series books at the C.O.D. Library.

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books).

Other Nearby Public and Academic Libraries


Reference Works

You can always search for the term Foodways or other food topics in reference works about various culture groups, countries, and time periods.

CREDO REFERENCE Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different types of reference materials.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY (GVRL) Type in your terms in the search box to find articles from many different types of reference materials.

The A - to - Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law. Reference KF 3869 .W 53 2011.

American Food by the Decades (the 20th century). General TX 360 .U 6 A 755 2011.

The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why. Reference HD 9000.5 .M 52 2008.

Cambridge World History of Food. 2 vols. Reference TX 353 .C 255 2000.

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism. (2010)

Dictionary of Food Science and Technology. (2005)

Diets and Dieting: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Reference RM 214.5 .G 55 2008.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. (Library card needed for off-campus access)

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Reference GT 2850 .E 53 2003.

Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology. Reference GR 498 .A 53 2000

Encyclopedia of North American Eating and Drinking Traditions, Customs, and Rituals. Reference GT 2853 .U 5 G 39.

Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food. (2009)

Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat. Reference TX 370 .S 635 2012

Food: An Atlas. Reference TX 353 .F 547 2013

Food: An Authoritative and Visual History and Dictionary of the Foods of the World. General Collection TX 349 .R 58.

Food and Culture around the World Handbook. Reference TX 353 .B 6985 2011

Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia. Reference TX 349 .F 5716 2013

Food Culture Around the World. Reference TX 353 .B 6985 2011

Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. From the Gale Virtual Reference Library database.

Food History Almanac. Reference TX 353 .C 568 2014

Food in Context (of culture and society)

Food in the Ancient World, from A - to - Z. Reference GT 2853 .G 8 D 35 2003.

The Foodlover's Atlas of the World. General Collection TX 355 .S 48 2002.

Gluttony: A Dictionary for the Indulgent. (2001)

The International Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. Reference TX 349 .A 236 1993.

Menus from History: Historic Meals and Recipes for Every Day of the Year. (2009)

The Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. (2012)

Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology. Reference GR 498 .A 53 2000.

Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences.

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Reference TX 349 .O 94 2007.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Reference TX 349 .E 45 2004.

The Penguin Atlas of Food. Reference HD 9000.5 .M 52 2003.

Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. (2013)

They Eat That? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Weird and Exotic Food from Around the World.

The World Atlas of Food: A Gourmet's Guide to the Great Regional Dishes of the World. General Collection TX 725 .A1 W 66 1974.

The World Encyclopedia of Food. Reference TX 349 .C 69 1982.

World Food: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence . Reference TX 349 .S 66 2013

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Reference GN 333 .W 67.

Article Indexes

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?

Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines .

How to Read a Research Study Article.

Other C.O.D. Library Online Research Guides

Anthropology Research Guide

Geography Research Guide

Psychology Research Guide

Sociology Research Guide

Urban Studies Research Guide

Internet Sites 

The following Internet sites are "mega-lists" of anthropology resources. All three list the same sites, but you will find some unique sites in each one. 

Writing Styles

Interlibrary Loan

The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.

Library Reference Desk:  630-942-3364

Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian, (630) 942-2279, FAX (630) 858-8757, Office: SRC 3035  blewett@cod.edu 

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