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Food Studies: Articles

Finding Articles

The library has different research tools to help you find journal articles:  

  • Databases - Library databases will help you find articles on a particular subject or topic.  Select a database that contains the type of articles you are looking for (e.g. food studies, sociology, biology, news), and begin with a keyword search to narrow in on your specific topic.
  • Journals List - Use the journals list if you are looking for a specific article (for which you have basic citation information like the article title, journal title, author, etc.), or if you wish to search/browse the contents of a specific journal.

Find more information about articles, databases, and the Journals List below.

Getting the Articles

If you find an article in a database:

Look for a link to the pdf or HTML version of the article. If there isn't one, click on the "Get It!" button to see if we have access. 

Get It!

Tutorial: How to Use the Get It! Button

Finding a specific article:

If there is no direct link or "Get It!" button, search the Journals List for the title of the journal in which it was published. If you find the journal title, see if we have access to the year in which the journal article was published, and then follow the relevant link. 
Requesting articles we don't own:

If we don't have access to an article in our collection, then you can place an order for it through ILLIAD.

The first time you use ILLIAD, you will need to set up an account. 

Once you have an account, just click the "ILLIAD" link in the "Get it!" button and log in. The request form will be automatically populated with the citation information for the article. Just hit "submit" and wait for your article to arrive. Articles often arrive in the same day, but sometimes take a few days.  Be sure to plan ahead!

Databases for Food Studies

Use these databases to search for articles on your food studies topic.


Nutrition & Health


Culture & Society

Databases in Other Subject Areas

Articles related to Food Studies can be found throughout the library.  Depending on your topic, you may wish to search the databases from other disciplines, including the ones below.  But don't let this list limit you.  See our full list of research guides for others.

Subject Guide

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Evaluating Sources

It is important to evaluate the credibility of a source before you use it for your research. This evaluating sources guide will help you ask the right questions in order to determine if a source is the best one to use. 

The quick reference guide and video below will help you to identify scholarly sources, specifically.