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Course Pages

Chemistry 24N: Freshman Seminar on Nutrition and History

Selected Library Resources

Catalog | Encyclopedias | Handbooks | Indexes | Abbreviations | Style Manuals | Websites | Internet

Before starting to do research for a paper, it is helpful to understand the structure and organization of scientific information. Please see:

Library Catalog

  • Socrates: Stanford’s Online Catalog

    Socrates contains books and titles of journals owned by the Stanford Libraries. To find journal articles, you need to search Indexes and Abstracts.

    When searching Socrates, it is helpful to put your “ideal” keywords into the title field. Then, view the long record for titles that look relevant. Included in the description are subject headings. Clicking on subject headings will help you find more items on the same topic that may have not used the keyword you searched.

    For example, below are the titles and subjects that were used for some of the books placed on reserve for this class:

    Title Subject (LC)
    Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies Social evolution.
    Human beings--Effect of environment on.
    Culture diffusion.
    The Vitamin hunters Nutrition.
    Seed to civilization: the story of food Agriculture--History.
    Food crops--History.
    Seeds of change: five plants that transformed mankind Plants and civilization.
    On food and cooking: the science and lore of the kitchen Cookery.
    Plagues and peoples Epidemics--History.
    The great hunger: Ireland 1845-1849. Famines--Ireland.
    Ireland--Emigration and immigration.
    Rats, lice and history / being a study in biography, which after twelve preliminary chapters indispensable for the preparation of the lay reader, deals with the life history of typhus fever. Typhus fever.
    Rats as carriers of disease.
    The potato: how the humble spud rescued the western world Potatoes--History.
    Potatoes--Social aspects.
    Plants and history.
  • Most books are available only in printed form, however there is a growing number of books available on the internet. Some online nutrition books can be found at these websites:



Indexes to the Journal Literature

Journal Abbreviations

Style Manuals

  • The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors, 2nd Edition.
    Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, c1997.
    Location: Swain Permanent Reserves QD8.5 .A25 1997

Selected Web Sites

Searching the Internet

  • Search Engines Workshop

    Focuses on using Google, AllTheWeb, and Alta Vista. Also includes criteria on how to evaluate a web site. The web comprises a wide range of materials that may contain authoritative, biased, or incorrect information.

    Quick tip for using Google: add “” or “” to limit a search to educational or organization sites. Many times organizations dedicated to a particular topic will have links to other resources.

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