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CUL 151: Sustainable Food Systems Practices: Pantry Assignment

This guide is for students in CUL 151. It will help you complete your Pantry assignment.

on being an "epicurean gumshoe" with library search tools

Hello Culinary students! I'm Katy, the librarian for the Culinary department. I've collected the following tools and sources for you to use as you complete this project.

A few notes to make your work better and more fun:

  • Library tools are different than Google. You have to learn and practice using keywords, evaluating all your search results (the first result is rarely the best), and knowing you need to use different tools for different types of sources.
  • You won't find sources that tells you "the answer" to all the prompts on the assignment. Rather, you will find many sources with a little information in each (like ingredients!), and you will put them together in your paper (like preparing a recipe!).
  • Be curious and investigative as you try out the tools below. Look at your search results with wonder!
  • If you hit a wall, it means you're doing it right. Part of the assignment addresses the "lack of transparency in the food system," and this includes a lack of easily accessible information. This doesn't mean you don't have to try your best to find stuff, though!
  • If you feel stuck or like "there's nothing on my topic," make an appointment by emailing katy.dichter@seattlecolleges or using the link at the bottom of the page.

reference sources


books & ebooks


Search the Library Catalog to find books. While the library is closed, you can request print books and pick them up every Wednesday. See the our Remote Library Services page for details on how to do that.

To see only electronic results, use the "Available Online" limiter.


The library subscribes to the following ebook collections that may be useful for your project. Keep in mind that books generally have lots of depth, so you probably won't find one that's entirely about your topic. You may find one with some information on your topic, though.

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