Skip to main content
Michigan State University

VM 830: Food Safety Research Methods: Finding Books

A guide to MSU Library resouces and services.

Searching the Library Catalog

The catalog is a searchable listing of materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries, including books, journals, government documents, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc. If you live within the U.S., we can arrange to ship most circulating items to you. See information under "Request Materials."

When should I use the catalog?

  • To find whether we own a specific book
  • To browse for books on a topic
  • To find whether we subscribe to a specific magazine, journal, or newspaper

NOTE: You cannot use the catalog to find individual articles within a journal-you must use a periodical index for that (See Finding Articles).

Begin with a keyword search which allows the use of everyday terminology and the combination of two or more concepts (e.g. "food safety and packaging"; "pesticide residues and food"); click on a title of interest and follow the subject hotlinks in the cataloging record to locate other books on the same topic. Use the truncation symbol to retrieve alternate forms of a word (e.g., food contamina* will find food contamination, food contaminants; food label* will find food label, food labels, food labelling). Alternatively, you can do a subject search instead of a keyword search. Subject searches are more precise, but require the use of the standardized Library of Congress subject headings assigned by catalogers. Some of the official Library of Congress subject headings used in this area are:

FOOD-SAFETY MEASURES

FOOD-TOXICOLOGY

FOOD ADDITIVES

FOOD ADULTERATION AND INSPECTION

FOOD ALLERGY

FOOD CONTAMINATION

FOOD MICROBIOLOGY

FOOD POISONING

FOOD SPOILAGE

FOODBORNE DISEASES

PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD

RADIATION PRESERVATION OF FOOD

Finding E-books in the Catalog

Need something online?: You can search for Electronic Materials only. To find resources by topic, click Keyword or Subject, enter your search terms, and click the Search button. You will retrieve a list of electronic resources, ranked by relevancy and displayed 50 per screen, with the most recent listed first. Click on a title of interest for further information and hyperlink.


The Knovel Food Science Collection features over 200 fully-searchable handbooks and reference works covering all areas of food science and technology. Many are related to food microbiology, food safety & quality.

Online Reference Resources

Specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc. can help you to explore a topic; identify trends, issues, key people, potential keywords for database searching; and find references to books and articles on the subject. You may find the following useful:

Subject Guide

Anita Ezzo
Contact:
Main Library
366 W. Circle Drive
Room E408
East Lansing, MI 48824
Website / Blog Page
  • Call MSU: (517) 355-1855
  • Visit: msu.edu
  • MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.
Michigan State University