This subject covers: the food continuum from the producer to the consumer, including food processing, product development, sensory evaluation, distribution and marketing, food safety, packaging and storage, preparation and serving. Related topics are: Nutrition, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Toxicology and Agriculture.
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This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.
Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Search here to find citations and abstracts for articles from over 600 periodicals, as well as USDA and state experiment station and extension publications, and selected books on agriculture, animal husbandry, animal and human nutrition, forestry, plant pathology, plant science, human ecology, agricultural economics, rural sociology. The basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.
CAB Abstracts covers agriculture in its broadest sense, including crop production, forestry, environment, animal health and nutrition, veterinary science, agricultural engineering, biotechnology, soil and water, agricultural economics, recreation and tourism, rural sociology, and human nutrition and health. Indexes journal articles, monographs, conferences, and other primary literature.
OVID, like PubMed, is an interface to search the MEDLINE database. It includes citations from the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.
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SciFinder includes journal and patent references,chemical regulatory data, and supplier, reaction, and substance information. SciFinder Mobile is best for quick searches. It has no IP access restrictions but limited functionality, and it requires a SciFinder account.
An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.
Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Help can be found on their website.
General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles
Catalogs and Bibliographies
From the American Dietetic Association, a synthesis of the most relevant nutritional research on important dietetic practice questions. Access is restricted to 10 simultaneous users.
Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.
Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
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General Reference Sources
Covers aspects of food, nutrition, and health with historical and interpretive context. Also includes recommended daily allowances and deficiency symptoms of some nutrients
Handbooks and Manuals
Nutrient content of foods
This is better known as USDA Handbook No. 8. Standard tables of data on nutritional content of thousands of foods.
Year-by-year list of food and nutrition facts from ancient times to the present. Includes detailed index. Origins of many commercial food products.
Compendium of chemical and physical data on food processing, preserving, and manufacturing.
Detailed compendium of chemical and physical data on foods and food processing.
Standard compendium of laboratory methods for analyzing foods and related substances. Continuously updated.
Gateways & Megasites
Societies, Agencies, and Organizations
Official Agency & Organization Websites
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Contains over 2000 links to current and reliable nutrition information.
Provides nutrient information on nearly 8,000 foods using this new and improved search feature. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items. Reports give information on proximates, minerals, vitamins, lipids and amino acids.
Statistics and Data
Provides links to collections of data are maintained by the Agricultural Research Service or by ARS in cooperation with other organizations. Organized by broad topic: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Food and Nutrition, Genetics, Germplasm, Natural Resources, Systematics(Taxonomic Classification)
FAOSTAT, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, contains over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: Production, Trade, Food Balance Sheets, Fertilizer and Pesticides, Land Use and Irrigation, Forest Products, Fishery Products, Population, Agricultural Machinery and Food Aid Shipments from 1961-.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
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