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Activity Time! (Part 1)

In class, you've been reading and writing about topics related to all things food: food justice, public health, community gardening and food access, food and identity, and beyond! For this first activity, think about some of the content you have been reading in class.

Step 1: Think about a few key words or subject terms you would use to describe the topics you have discussed and read in this course. 

Step 2: Around the room, you'll notice a few books related to food issues and topics. Take a few minutes to look through these books and come up with a few additional key words or subject terms that you would use to describe the content of these books. 

When you're ready, scan this QR code and enter your keywords!

General Reference Sources

Tertiary sources are general reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, and other broader sources that you can use to ground your research in foundational concepts, themes, and ideas! They are a great resource if you aren't sure where to start with your research.

Exploring the Library Catalogue

Secondary Sources: Articles & Literature

Secondary sources include scholarly articles, periodicals and news publications, and other information sources that draw together information from original research, research conducted by others, or from multiple perspectives. 

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Digital Collections: 


For resources on finding stock images, using and citing art and photographs, and how to find images at Cornell, refer to our Library Guide on visual resources: 

Visual Resources LibGuide


Activity 2: Mapping Food Topics!

Now that you've had a chance to review some different library resources and search strategies, we're going to practice finding research materials related to a food topic that interests you! For this activity, choose a food. This could be a fruit or vegetable, a canned good, a cultural food or recipe, a fast food item, etc. 

Using the library catalogue, reference sources, databases, images, digital collections, or any other resource we've discussed today, find a few books, articles, topics, or other sources about this food item. Then, using the Google JamBoard linked below, create a "topic map" on this food item.

Use images, words, citations, or other content you find to brainstorm and map out ideas on what issues you might write about in relation to this food item. What research questions do you have about this food? Is this food attached to any important historic or cultural events? Where does it come from? How is it prepared? How does it reach the supermarket? These are just a few ideas of questions to ask as you find resources. 

Jamboard Link: 

Further Reading

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Giving Credit & Citation Justice

Just as it's important to draw on information from a variety of sources in your research, it's also important to consider who you're citing in your work. Citation matters because it shows your credibility as a researcher, gives credit to others in your field, and elevates the voices of other researchers contributing to a particular body of work. 

To effectively practice citation, it's important to consider citation justice, or the act of citing authors based on identify to uplift marginalized voices with the knowledge that citation is used as a form of power in a patriarchal society based on white supremacy. To practice citation justice, here are a few things to consider: 

  • Ask yourself: Whose research is this? Whose interests does it serve? Who is framing its scope? How is this research disseminated?
  • If there is a gap in information or a particular voice missing from your references, address that gap in your writing! 
  • Practice "auditing": when you have compiled a list of references, take time to evaluate the range of authors or creators you cite in your research. 

Cornell has many citation tools and guides to help you!

ZoteroBib is a basic citation generator to help you create a works cited list. 

Our subject guides on citation styles are a great reference depending on the citation style you will use in your work. 

For additional help with citation format, in-text citations, and related information, Excelsior Writing Lab is an excellent online resource where you can find more information about citation. 

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