ICSM Farm to Table: Conscious Cuisine for the 21st Century

ICSM Course Description

This guide supports the following seminar:

In this hands-on seminar students will actively explore food sources from their local farm origins to the tables of local restaurants and bistros. Students will have opportunities to harvest, cook, display and serve food in this course.

Library Session Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate resources and identify those most appropriate to your information need (card sorting)
  • Identify and combine keywords for a research topic  (brainstorm)
  • Distinguish between the catalog, databases, and open web when selecting resources; Identify the best databases relevant to a topic (database search and reflection)
  • Collect research information in a Google or Word document according to the research process.
  • Consult with librarians to form search strategies.

Information Types, Processes and Needs

Information types, processes and needs: in class exercise.  Cards will be distributed in class.


Brainstorm on the topic:  Organic
  • Use the white boards to consider ideas related to this topic. 
  • Consider broader, narrower and similar terms.
  • This exercise will help you focus your research topic and develop keywords and phrases to use when searching library databases. 

Boolean Search Exercise

Use this worksheet to practice boolean searching:  


Google Pathfinder Template

Copy and paste this template into your own Google Doc or MS Word page.  


Best Bets: Databases

General databases: Background:
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change. This database helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Collection of  reference books covering, but not limited to, business and finance, philosophy, history, film, Jewish studies and ethics.
Subject specific database:
  • Business Source Premier (Original Interface)
    Business topics: management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, etc. SWOT analysis on selected companies.
  • ScienceDirect
    Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.
    Agricola is the catalog for the National Agricultural Library.  The article search can be used to find citations for resources in agricultural literature and allied disciplines, 1970- present.  Includes material relevant to landscape architecture, agricultural economics, animal science, food science, forestry, horticulture, natural resources, plant ecology, and plant pathology.
Full-text journal collection:​ News:
  • US Newsstream
    U.S. Newsstream enables users to search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. U.S. Newsstream provides key national and regional news sources from the U.S. and includes exclusive and preferred access to top titles, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune. All titles are cross searchable on the ProQuest platform.
Local information:

Where the Buffalo Roam

IC Nonfiction project   ---  Research pathfinder

Bottoms Up

IC Nonfiction project Keywords: beer, brewing, “craft beer” “new york”
Guide: Business: Industry information 
Books: The audacity of hops Brewing battles: a history of American beer click on the subject heading of the book to find more books
Articles: “craft beer” as a subject  AND “new york”
US Newsstream
Local: Ithaca Breweries http://www.visitithaca.com/attractions/breweries
Website: Brewers Association http://www.brewersassociation.org/

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Reference Resources

Oxford A-Z of Food and drink
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Oxford Book of Health Foods

In the Reference collection on the main floor of the IC Library:
Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
Ref GT 2850 F666 2011 (4 volumes)
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture 
Ref GT 2850 E53 2003 (3 volumes)
Cambridge World History of Food
Ref TX353 .C255 2000 (2 volumes)

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