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Food Supply Issue: Sources

How to begin

To begin, you'll need to get an overview of your topic. A general or specialized reference source (an Encyclopedia, Almanac, or Atlas etc.) can be a great place to start. Many of these reference sources can be found in our online databases such as Gale.  

Consider your search terms carefully.  Make a list of them. Make sure you have thought of broader and more narrow terms.  Also remember to think about synonyms for your search words.  Different search words will get different results!  For example, try searching "deities" if "gods and goddesses" doesn't work.  Or, try "religious ritual" in addition to "worship rituals."  The more search word possibilities you have the better are your chances of success.

Once you have a general idea of what's at stake in your topic (context, major players, historical significance etc.), you'll be ready to look at it in a little more depth. Books (in print or digital) and journal articles will give you depth and breadth. 

Databases to try


Journals - search for the journal website, then for the journal itself on EBSCO Discover.


The Journal of Agrarian Change

The Geographical Journal

Global Food Security

Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food.

Agriculture and Food Security

Journal of Food Security


Blog Post on Food Supply/Security academic journals

Government stats

Government resources & statistics  for Food Production Systems and Sustainability