HIST 195: FYS Global Food History
This is a resource guide for Professor Heather Hoag's First-Year Seminar, A Global History of Food. For research assistance, Ask a Librarian.
Search or browse reference sources to find background information on food topics.
- Cambridge World History of Food Authoritative guide to the history of food and nutrition. Print. REF TX 353 .C255 2000 vols.1-2.
- Encyclopedia of Food and Culture Articles on food and its place in human culture and society.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America Includes significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.
- Diner's Dictionary Short entries on the origins and history of over 2,300 gastronomical words and phrases.
- An A-Z of Food and Drink Short entries on the origin, meaning, and development of many gastronomic terms.
- Food in the Ancient World Covers cooking and food preparation, food, eating habits, and concepts of diet and nutrition.
- Food in the United States, 1820s-1990 Addresses this period of inventions and new technology, the beginnings of classic American food brands, regional foodways, and diet fads.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library Search across over 100 encyclopedias covering all topics, including history.
To find books at the library, search the Library Catalog from the library's home page.
Browse by subject using relevant subject headings, such as the following:
- agriculture -- history
- agriculture -- origin
- agriculture -- United States
- agriculture -- environmental aspects
- agriculture -- moral and ethical aspects
- dinners and dining
- drinking customs
- food -- history
- food -- religious aspects
- food -- social aspects
- food habits
Subject headings are "official" terms that describe a book's content. They are hard to guess on their own. If you find a relevant item, look at the subjects assigned, and try searching on those.
- To find your book in the library, refer to the Call Number Location Guide that tell you where to find the book on the shelf. To page an item, click "Request It" in the item record. Your paged items will be ready for you after 5pm the following day at the Circulation Desk.
- Books in the library are organized by subject, based on the Library of Congress Classification System.
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Search the following article library databases to find relevant journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. To see more databases, from the library's home page, click on the "Databases" box.
- Fusion Search across the majority of the library's books and articles. Add more keywords or use the limits in the results screen to reduce the number of results. If you get too many results, uncheck the option on the left “Also search within the full text of the articles.”
- Historical Abstracts Incudes citations and abstracts for publications covering world history (excluding the U.S. and Canada).
- America: History and Life Includes citations and abstracts for publications covering all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture, and current affairs.
- SocIndex with Full-Text Many full-text, scholarly articles in the field of sociology.
- JSTOR Multi-disciplinary digital archive of back issues (JSTOR generally lacks the latest three years) of hundreds of scholarly journals.
- Project Muse Includes full-text scholarly articles from all disciplines, including history.
- Google Scholar Google's search engine for scholarly literature.
If the full-text of the article is not available, click "USF: Find Full Text" to see if the full-text is available in another library database, in print in the library, or for free on the Web. For help using USF: Find Full-Text, see this video tutorial.
If you still can’t find the full-text, use Interlibrary Loan/Illiad. There may be a charge for Interlibrary Loan (passed on from the lending library), so be sure to indicate you’re willing to pay at least $15 for the item. Also know it can take up to two weeks to your item to arrive. In general, use Interlibrary Loan/Illiad for articles, or books you cannot obtain via Link+.
Follow these instructions to see if the library subscribes to a specific journal or to find the full-text of a specific article.
- Go to Journal Finder on the library's home page.
- Enter the name of the journal, newspaper, or magazine you’re looking for (e.g., New York Times). If we subscribe to that publication, you’ll see what years we have access to. If you’re looking for a specific article, navigate till you find your article. For more help, see this video tutorial.
Library books and articles
- Do advanced searches in the library catalog for relevant keywords and subjects with publication date limits. For example, search school lunch program and limit to items after 1945 and before 1955.
- The library's Rare Book Room has a number of food-related books, some of which could be primary sources. The Rare Book Room is located on the 3rd floor of the library.
- Early English Books Online (EEBO) Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online Digital images of every page of 150,000 books, in every academic discipline, published in the United Kingdom during the 18th Century.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times (1851 - 2009) Full page and article images of the New York Times.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922) Full page and article images of the San Francisco Chronicle.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times (1881-1991) Full page and articles images of the Los Angeles Times.
- JSTOR Full-text historical journal archive, back to vol. 1, issue 1, in many fields.
Beyond the library
- Google Books includes the full-text of many books out of copyright (before 1923). After doing a search, go to Search Tools at the top to limit by date.
- Hathi Trust Thousands of online books, some of which are available in full-text.
Food Timeline Created by Lynne Olver, reference librarian. "As with most historical topics, there are some conflicting stories in the field of food history. We do our best to select and present the information with the most documented support." The timeline is from a European perspective and includes links to recipes and food history information on the web.
Library of Congress: Food History Selected guide to works on food history. Focus is works published in English, during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and mainly in the United States.
Food and Nutrition -- HEARTH: Home Economics Archive Project of the Mann Library at Cornell University, this site includes a brief introductory essay and bibliography of books from the early 1800s - 1950 on cooking, home cooking, nutrition and dietetics, food science, marketing, and food purchasing. Focus is on the United States.
- Los Angeles Public Library, Menu Collection A database of the menus from selected California restaurants. Images of actual menus are available.
- University of Washington, Historic Menu Collection A digitized collection of menus from some of the most famous restaurants in the Puget Sound area from 1889-2003.
- Feeding America – Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum Online collection of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. Browse or search the collection.
- Professor Martha Carlin's Home Page. Resources from a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwakee.
- Medieval Cookery Website Includes recipes, menus, and a list of recommended (secondary source) books on medieval cooking.
- Cindy Renfrow: Author of books on ancient and medieval cooking and brewing. Includes recipes, bibliographies, and links to primary source material.
- The Medieval and Renaissance Food Homepage from the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Page includes links to bibliographies and primary source material from 1300-1600.
- Monumenta Culinaria et Dietetica Historica Culinary and dietetic texts of Europe from the Middle Ages to 1800 by Thomas Gloning. Many sources are in German.
Cite Your Sources
Use the auto-citation generator tool found in many of our databases. For example, in Fusion or other EBSCO databases, in a document record, click Cite to the right to view your citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style.
Use RefWorks to collect and organize your references, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) From Fusion or other EBSCO databases, click Export to export your citations directly to RefWorks.
Engraving by L.C. Ruottte after oil painting of "Barbadoes Mulatto Girl" by Agostino Brunius. Wikimedia Commons.