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CHEM 1072 / PHIL 2218: Philosophy and Biochemistry of Food and Eating Practices (Di Summa-Knoop & Smith-Carpenter)

Getting Started


Getting Started

Use this guide to find scholarly resources—books, articles, background sources—as well as strategies for improving searches, evaluating web sources, and formatting citations.

If you have any questions or need additional help, please visit in person when the library is open, contact a librarian online any time, or email me directly: jmercurio [at]

Find Articles

Use these selected databases to find articles on your topic.

Resources for Philosophy

Resources for Biochemistry & Environmental Science

Selected Multidisciplinary Databases

Find Books & Related Media

Books (print and electronic) can help you to get overviews on broad topics and to identify additional sources (among other things).

Find books owned by Fairfield using the library catalog. To find books not owned by Fairfield, use WorldCat and then and request delivery the item through interlibrary services.

Background Sources

Use these selected sources to find background information on your topic.


The resources below are online encyclopedias that have information across disciplines.

Tracing Citations

Check footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies in relevant resources to find additional, older scholarship.

To find newer resources that cite your particular book or article, enter the title in Google Scholar and click on "cited by" link beneath the item's description.  You can then refine your search further by adding keywords.

Web Searching

Searches on the Open Web can often return irrelevant or non-scholarly results; however, search engines can also be useful tools for discovering data, some scholarly sources, and related texts.

Use these search tips to improve your web searching.  Remember to critically evaluate your sources before using them in your project.

Some sample searches:

Citing Your Sources

The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.

Questions about Citations? Save time, ask a Librarian!

Citation Managers

the Zotero logo

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a standalone application that uses browser connectors to save full text, organize sources, and create citations. Click the logo to see more info!

Refworks logo

ATTENTION: Please note that the Library will be ending its subscription to Refworks in July 2022. For more information, see our Refworks-to-Zotero transfer guide.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in the main level of the DiMenna-Nyselius library, will help you with your writing. Tutors will work with you to improve essays, research papers, oral presentations, and more!

Schedule an appointment online or contact them by e-mail at