Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Food and Nutrition: General Resources

General Guide to help you research about food and nutrition.

Food and Nutrition at Butte College

Associations and Organizations

Beginning your Research: Reference Sources

You should become familiar with the language used and background information on your topic. A great way to do this is by looking in a reference source. Reference sources such as encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), dictionaries, and atlases can help you understand your topic by giving you definitions, stating key persons in that field, and providing lists of additional resources. Once you have a better understanding of your topic, it will be easier to put together search terms to find relevant materials.

Many instructors frown upon using Wikipedia to cite as a source because it can be edited by anyone and is constantly being edited. However, it is a great place to start your research to become familiar with your topic, find additional resources, and learn the language of that topic.

Below is a list of items to consider when learning more about your subject:

  1. Define your topic
  2. Write down any questions you want answered
  3. Identify keywords, phrases, people, events, policies, etc.
  4. Brainstorm related terms, alternate spellings, broader terms, or narrower terms
  5. Test your search in multiple places to be sure you can find the information you need (check your assignment source requirements, do you need a peer-reviewed article?)

Your Librarian

Profile Photo
Rachel Arteaga

Helpful Links

Off Campus Access

You can access the library resources from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Simply login when prompted with your Butte College email and password. If you are having issues logging in, please contact the reference desk at 530-879-4024 or

Need Help?