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PHI 371: Seminar: Philosophy of Food

Spring 2012
As you explore a topic related to the philosophy of food, the resources and tools on this page may useful. If you want help brainstorming search strategies and searching for resources, feel free to visit the librarians at the Reference Desk, or e-mail Anna at

Professor: Lisa Heldke
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

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Getting overviews: Philosophy
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    A recent update of a classic source of substantial essays on philosophers and their ideas. All of the articles and references have been updated to reflect current philosophical thought, and many entries have been added for contemporary issues and philosophers.
    • Location(s): Ref B 51 .E53 2006
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    A vast encyclopedia of the field that extends the classic Encyclopedia of Philosophy by adding both new topics and approaches to philosophy, but also by including new approaches and new research on classical philosophy. New areas covered in this work include philosophical approaches based on feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, and postmodernism.
    • Location(s): Ref B 51 .R68 1998
Getting overviews: Food
    • Resources from Gustavus Global Insight's Year of Food.
  • Cambridge World History of Food
    Volume one includes essays on determining what early humans ate, staple foods, dietary liquids, and nutrients. Volume two covers food and drink around the world; history, nutrition, and health; and contemporary food-related policy issues. It also includes a dictionary of plant foods. A bibliography accompanies each essay.
    • Location(s): Ref TX353 .C255 2001 (2 vols.)
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
    A wide-ranging exploration of food and its cultural significance worldwide.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 2850 .E53 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food
    More than 250 essay entries explore products, corporations and entrepreneurs, social history, popular culture, organizations, issues, politics, commercialism and consumerism, and more. Entries include: mad cow disease and factory farming, vegetarianism, the food pyramid, movie tie-ins, obesity, and marketing to children.
    • Location(s): Ref TX 370 .S63 2006
  • Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food
    This encyclopedia illuminates social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms to provide a comprehensive overview. It covers key trends, activities, and themes in organic, sustainable, and local food through topics such as consumers, organizations, farming, policies, and more.
    • Location(s): Ref HD 9005 .E645 2010
  • Oxford Companion to Food
    Provides 2,650 entries on topics related to food, from aardvark to zucchini. Includes a bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref TX349 .D38 1999
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
    Covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. In an A-Z format, this two-volume set details the regions, people, ingredients, foods, drinks, publications, advertising, companies, historical periods, and political and economic aspects pertinent to American cuisine.
    • Location(s): Ref TX 349 .E45 2004
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
    Offers lengthy articles on over 500 culture groups worldwide. Each article surveys the location and homeland of the people and covers a wealth of information on such topics as their language, folklore, religion, rites of passage, interpersonal relations, living conditions, family life, cultural heritage, work, and social issues. Each entry includes a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 333 .W67 2009
Finding articles & book chapters: Philosopher's Index and general databases
  • Philosopher's Index
    The most complete index to publications in the field, including books, articles, essays in books, etc. Each year, a different set of publications is covered, so you have to not only use it, you have to use it over and over. This is definitely a resource to consult, even though it's not electronic and takes a little more commitment to use!
    • Location(s): Ref B 72 .P49
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)

    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.

    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
Finding articles & book chapters: Other disciplines
How is your topic treated from the perspective of other disciplines? Here are a few major databases for other disciplines. Visit our Research Guides for more.
  • Alt HealthWatch,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=awh

    This database focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international journals and reports. Also includes hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • AnthroSource

    Full-text archive of 32 scholarly journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), most dating back to the first issue and about half continuing to the present. This is the premier online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists, and covers physical anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
  • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rfh

    A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ufh

    Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) originated with the merging of two databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies - CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index. CMMC indexes around 600 journals and contains full text for over 240 titles.
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hch

    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • MLA International Bibliography,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mzh

    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
  • PsycINFO,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=psyh

    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
Getting your hands on books
So you know a book is out there; how do you get it? First try our catalog, then try the rest of world.
  • MnPALS Plus

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. It looks different this semester. We like to mix it up.
  • WorldCat

    If the book you want isn't in our library, look for it here and use the "find it" button to request a copy. Consider it like Amazon but without the credit card charges. Also, you have to give the books back.
  • . . . or use the serendipity factor by browsing

    Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of philosophy.

    • B Philosophy
    • BC Logic
    • BD Speculative philosophy
      • 10-41 General philosophical works
      • 95-131 Metaphysics
      • 143-236 Epistemology, Theory of knowledge
      • 240-241 Methodology
      • 300-450 Ontology
      • 493-718 Cosmology
    • BH Aesthetics
    • BJ Ethics
    • Q 173 Philosophy of Science
      • 335 Artificial Intelligence
    • HD 1401-1741 Agriculture (Industry)
    • S 1-972 Agriculture (General)
    • SB 1-401 Plant Culture
    • TX 341-840 Nutrition, Food, Cookery
Getting your hands on articles & journals
Admittedly, this is confusing. We have some journals on paper, some electronically, many with only some issues electronically, and some that aren't here at all and have to be ordered through interlibrary loan. Sometimes you can find an article posted for free at a scholar's website or in an institutional repository, but usually not. We can get most things, though. It's just a matter of persistence and a little bit of advanced planning. And the link below. That's the key to what we can get right now. Websites
  • Philosophy of Food Project

    From the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. Includes an overview of the philosophy of food, bibliography, and links to related sites.
Other sources for scholars
  • Google Books

    Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
  • Google Scholar

    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
Organizing, annotating & citing sources
  • Zotero

    Zotero, a Firefox plugin, lets you save, sort, and cite sources from library catalogs, databases, and the Web. Some assembly required.
Chat with a librarian
Not in the library? Don't want to leave your laptop and pile of notes? No problem. Use this chat box to ask your question during hours the Reference Desk is open.

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