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Macdonald-Kelce Library

Food Studies

The purpose of this guide is to help you successfully locate high-quality information for your research project in Food Studies

Suggested Steps

In order to access the Library electronic materials (books, journals and databases) when you are outside the library, go to MyUTampa and enter your Spartans Domain user name and password.  If you need assistance with your Spartans Domain log-in information, please contact the IT Help Desk at StudentHelp@ut.edu or at x6255.


  1. Best Bets - Start with a couple of quick searches of Summon (library catalog) and the database Academic Search Complete to get a feel for the type and quantity of sources available. Play around with the suggested search terms.

  2. ReferenceSometimes you need a definition or basic fact for your paper that you can't find in a scholarly article. Or perhaps you need a more basic understanding of your topic before diving deeper into scholarly research. This is where reference sources, such as encyclopedias, come in handy.

  3. Books - You likely found a few books searching Summon. Now, dive deeper into the books available at the Macdonald-Kelce Library and beyond.

  4. Articles - You likely found a few articles searching Summon and/or Academic Search Complete Now, dive deeper into additional subject-specialized databases to find even more articles. Don't forget to try different search terms.

  5. Websites - These professional and non-profit websites may prove useful for your research.

  6. Citations - Finally, don't forget to cite properly.

  7. More Help: Intro to Library Research - Need more help? Check out our Intro to Library Research guide.

Suggested Search Terms


  • Ethics of eating
  • Food
  • Food -- Social aspects
  • Food AND culture
  • Food AND environment
  • Food AND identity
  • Foodscape
  • Foodscape mapping
  • Food culture
  • Food studies

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