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HIST 4420: Global Food History

Resource guide for HIST 4420.

"Chili queens" selling street food in Alamo Plaza, San Antonio. 

Postcard depicting an oxen pulling a water cart, guided by two children, in Aden,Yemen.

Water cart in Aden, Yemen. 

Postcard depicting a fisherman drying his nets in Jackfish, Ontario

A fisherman dries his nets in Jackfish, Ontario. 

Postcard depicting the Wiener Rathauskeller restaurant in Vienna, Austria.

The Wiener Rathauskeller restaurant in Vienna, circa 1900. 


Welcome to the resource guide for HIST 4420: Global Food History. This guide contains information to help you find primary and secondary sources for your capstone project. 


Locating Primary Sources

Locating Secondary Sources

Citing Primary Sources

General Suggestions - Keywords

Whether you are searching for primary or secondary sources, it is important to use search terms that will generate results. We use subject headings in the library catalog--a controlled list of terms used to collocate results. Some subject headings that you may find useful are: 

Beverage industry
Food consumption 
Food habits
Grocery trade 

Subject headings can also be further narrowed down by category or geography. For instance, different aspects of food studies may be found by searching: 
Food - History 
Food - Religious aspects 
Food - Social aspects 

Or to narrow down results to a specific geographic area: 
Food - Mexico 
Food - China 
Cookery - Caribbean