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FNH 325 - Food Science Laboratory I


Find journal articles, conference papers, reports, etc., about topics in Food Science. What is a library database?

Library Databases to start with:

  • UBC Library Summon A good place to start your general search - you can limit to articles or books.
  • FSTA (Food Science and Technology Abstracts) Indexes literature in all aspects of food science, food products and food processing, including biotechnology, economics, marketing, legislation and packaging.
  • Web of Science All areas of science including chemistry, useful for finding articles that have cited a particular article

Other useful databases:

  • SEARCH Indexes literature in every major agricultural subject; North American focus
  • Compendex core literature from the engineering field
  • Cabi Digital Library agricultural and global health literature
  • Google Scholar interdisciplinary results
  • PubMed Health literature, including nutrition
  • Scopus interdisciplinary results

Tips for database searching:

  • Background information:
    Enables you to focus your topic and to learn new vocabulary to formulate a decent search. Use encyclopedias, textbooks or Google to identify good search terms.
  • Thesaurus:
    Most databases have a list of subject headings used to describe the articles. Some databases (e.g. FSTA) will suggest subject headings when you enter a keyword (i.e. mapping).
  • Subject headings:
    In addition to the thesaurus, if you find a really good article, look at the Complete Reference to see what subject headings were used to describe it.
  • Combining terms:
    Use AND, OR, NOT to combine your ideas.
  • Truncation:
    Search variant endings of a word, e.g. enzym* will search enzyme, enzymes and enzymatic
  • Limits:
    Narrow your results by year or language.
  • See also: Library Research Skills for Land and Food Systems tutorial:​ 

Finding Books

Find books and more using the Summon

TIP: to find a book by title, use Advanced Search (Field Searching)

Citing sources

  • It is important to learn to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.
  • For journal articles, make sure you have the following information: author, title, source, volume, issue, page numbers and year of publication.
  • Citation Managers
    Make your life easier by using a web-based citation management tool.