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Sociology 216, Food, Culture and Society: Getting Started

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Getting Started: Finding Books

Finding Library Books

Start on the Library Gateway.  If you have a specific book in mind, search by Title or Author; if not, try Subject (assigned subject headings) or Keyword (a word that appears in the title or elsewhere).   You may want to browse virtually in the Bowdoin catalog: look for additional headings under “Subject,” or added "Tags" or "Similar Books" when you have a record on the screen. 

The call numbers for books about Food and Food production will vary a great deal, so  use the Library Catalog first and get some sample call numbers.  When you find the right book, take a look on nearby shelves and you should find some additional relevant items, but don’t limit yourself to just one area.  Some subject headings to try include Food and many sub-categories, e.g. Food Religious Aspects; Food Social Aspects; Beverages; and names of specific types of food or products.

Some sources will be located in Hatch Science Library, so check the location in the catalog.

Bowdoin College Library Catalog
- books, videos, government documents, etc. in Bowdoin's library

 NExpress
- combined catalog of Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Wellesley, Williams, Middlebury, Vassar, and Northeastern.  Requests take 2-3 days.

 MaineCat

- combined catalog for all the libraries in the State, including the University of Maine, the Maine State Library, and hundreds of public libraries.  Requests take 2-5 days.

Subject Guide

Beth Hoppe
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