Culinary Arts Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
To locate books
and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include: cookery; cooks; baking; broiling,
pastry; condiments; carving; diners and dining; food habits; caterers;
restaurants; menu design, and food service.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select from the pulldown menu, either Reserve
Materials by Course or Reserve Materials by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
the Library Collection
the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on
the shelves by subject.
COOKERY is the subject heading used for cookbooks and recipes!
searching the Library
Catalog by subject for cookbooks remember these examples:
areas in the collection to find materials on culinary arts include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
alphabetical by state
alphabetical by country
type, holiday cookery
- TX 759
quantity and professional
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in culinary arts include:
(2003). Professinal Cooking (5th ed.).
New York: J. Wiley.
Ref TX 820 G54 2003 Alice Statler Library
Katz, Solomon H., ed., (2003) Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
New York : Scribner.
Ref GT2850. E 53 2003 Alice Statler Library
ed. (2000). Cambridge World History of Food. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Ref TX 353 C255 2000 Alice Statler Library
(2001). Larousse Gastronomique. New York: Clarkson
Ref TX 349 L365 Alice Statler Library
Smith, Andrew F. ed., (2004) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.New York: Oxford University Press.
Ref TX 349 E45 2004 Alice Statler Library
for Articles in Periodical Databases
databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles
by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries)
and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying
the differences between scholarly
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
More information about obtaining a library bar code.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for culinary topics are the InfoTrac
Business File ASAP, Health Reference Center, and the OneFile. These
databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly
journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial staff
of the Congressional Quarterly Co. Many reports related to food
and nutrition are offered, such as fast food, diet and health, food
safety, and genetically engineered foods.
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995
to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and
SFPL - Electronic
Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference
databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library
card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode
number, select either the subject - Health or Business.
Magazines and newsletters offer current news and developments in
the culinary field and are published more frequently than books.
Statler Library subscribes to a number of culinary
magazines and journals. The online versions of these magazines are
available via the Periodicals
are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for nutrition.
If yu use a search engine, such as Google,
remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
Statler Library Internet Sites by Subject: Food
Find a directory of web resources related to food. Subcategories
include: beverages, baking, bookstores, dining guides, education,
food history, food safety, recipes, nutrition, organic foods, news
Statler Library Internet Sites by Subject: Restaurants
A directory of web resources related to the restaurant industry.
Subcategories include: associations, business planning, catering,
equipment and supplies, franchises, menu collections, news, online
services, quantity recipes, and statistics.
This great source describes the nature of the work, job outlook,
earnings, training and other job qualifications, job outlook and
related professions. It is a great starting point to learn what
you need to know about a profession. The following jobs relate to
the fashion industry:
Part of the Escoffier online family of websites, ChefJobsNetwork
is place to look for candidates to fill positions or to post a resume.
Search by type of chef or locatio to find jobs.
the Cutting Edge: Culinary Careers
About.com's informative essay on culinary careers. Included is a
list of addiitonal resources.
Employment Center - Foodservice.com
Post a resume, review current job listing, salary surveys, occupational
data, and articles.
Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Restaurant association serving the San Francisco restaurants.
Founded in 1906, the CRA is the oldest restaurant association in
The goal of the AFC is "to make a positive difference for culinarians
through education, apprenticeship, and certification." Find
information about events and awards, onlince services, publications,
professional development and more.
Other Restaurant Associations
For further listings
of associations related to the culinary arts and the food industry.
Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops
Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.
and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality
of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.
help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415)
452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg
and Citing Information Sources
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how
to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and
how to avoid plagiarism.
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