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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Career Related Links

Web Resources


Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Hospitality 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: hospitality; lodging; accommodations; hotels; hotel management; ecotourism; and caterers and catering.

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 either Reserves by Course or Reserves 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.

The Alice Statler Library located in the Statler Wing of Smith Hall is a campus library specializing in hospitality and culinary materials.

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on hospitality include:

Bars (Drinking Establishments) TX 950-953
Bartending TX 951
Caterers and Catering TX 901-921
Food Industry and Trade HD 9000-9495
Food Service TX 901-946.5
Hospitality Industry TX 901-953
Hotels/Motels TX 901-946
Restaurant Management TX 911.3 and TX 945
Restaurants TX 945-945.5


Using Key Reference Sources

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

Hotel and Travel Index
Alice Statler Library Ref. TX 907 A143 received quarterly
International index to accommodations world-wide; gives prices, discounts, conference facilities, telephone information and currencies.

Laws Pertaining to the California Innkeeper
Alice Statler Library Ref. KFC 446 H6 A727 2002

The California Hotel & Lodging Association publishes this useful reference book, which covers everything from reservation contracts; guests' right to privacy; preparation and sales of food; alcoholic beverages; ADA; obligations of guests' personal property and much more.

Trends in the Hotel Industry
Ref. 909 A1 H3 1938-current.
This PKF Consulting publication provides statistics for the hotel and lodging industry. The Alice Statler Library holds the United States, Northern California, and International editions.

VNR's Encyclopedia of Hospitality and Tourism
Alice Statler Library Ref. TX 905 V57 1993
Covers behaviors, trends, and planning in the hospitality and tourist industries. More specifically, content includes: hazard analysis, market feasibility, guest services; safety and security; and laws.


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 hospitality topics are the InfoTrac Business File ASAP, Academic ASAP, and the OneFile. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."

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.

Cornell HRAQ Publications
Cornell's Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly is one of the hospitality
industry's foremost publications. The Quarterly Database includes indexing for every
issue since 1960. Search by keyword and then locate the journal article in the Alice Statler Library.

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 - Business.


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.

Hospitality Net
The objective of Hospitality Net i
s to provide Hospitality professionals a worldwide communication platform which serves Hospitality business only, on one single Internet address.

Alice Statler Library Web Resources: Hospitality
A directory of web resources related to the hospitality industry. Subcategories include: associations, consultants, conventions, eco-tourism, education, employment, gaming industry, news, nightclubs, scholarships, statistics, tourism and unions.

Lodging Research.Com
Maintained by Price Waterhouse Cooper, this site provides links to company and industry
news and to public company financial data, as well as ordering information for specialized
market reports.


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:

Hospitality Jobs Online
Provides listings of job opportunities in hotels, food and beverage establishments, travel
groups, casinos, cruise lines, country clubs, and convention centers. Allows jobseekers to
post resumes on the Web.

Career Development & Employment - Alice Statler Library
Find a directory of sites to look for jobs, post resumes and learn more about working in the hospitality industry.



American Hotel and Lodging Association
This official page of the American Hotel and Lodging Association provides notices of
conventions and meetings, directory information, and links to legislative sites.

Hospitality Associations - Alice Statler Library
A listing of associations related to hospitality and tourism.


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 available!

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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