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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Career Related Links

e-Culinary Journals

Web Resources


Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Culinary Arts Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching 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, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: cookery; cooks; baking; broiling, pastry; condiments; carving; diners and dining; food habits; caterers; restaurants; menu design, and food service

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials 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.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject.

NOTE: COOKERY is the subject heading used for cookbooks and recipes!

When searching the Library Catalog by subject for cookbooks remember these examples:

general cookbooks
cookery, french
cookbooks by country
cookbooks by state
cookery (tofu)
cookbooks by foodtype

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on culinary arts include:

Nutrition TX 345
Food Handling TX 533
General Cookbooks TX 645- TX840
Cookbooks, alphabetical by state TX 715's
Cookbooks, alphabetical by country TX 716-TX 724.5
Food type, holiday cookery TX 725 - TX 759
Cookbooks, quantity and professional TX 820's
Cookbooks, vegetarian TX 837
Sanitation TX 911.3


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in culinary arts include:

Glissen, Wayne (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

Kiple, Kenneth, ed. (2000). Cambridge World History of Food. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Ref TX 353 C255 2000 Alice Statler Library

Montagne, Prosper (2001). Larousse Gastronomique. New York: Clarkson Potter.
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


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical 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?

Note: Most periodical 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 Web
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 Researcher
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.

Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and Washington Post -- Time periods vary.

Ethnic Newswatch
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 Spanish.

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.


e-Culinary Journals

Magazines and newsletters offer current news and developments in the culinary field and are published more frequently than books. The Alice Statler Library subscribes to a number of culinary magazines and journals. The online versions of these magazines are available via the Periodicals Holdings.


Finding Web Resources

Below 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.

Alice 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 and more.

Alice 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.


Career Related Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook
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.

On the Cutting Edge: Culinary Careers's informative essay on culinary careers. Included is a list of addiitonal resources.

The Employment Center -
Post a resume, review current job listing, salary surveys, occupational data, and articles.


Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Restaurant association serving the San Francisco restaurants.

California Restaurant Association
Founded in 1906, the CRA is the oldest restaurant association in the country.

American Culinary Federation
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.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional 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 Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

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 Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
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.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

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