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Culinary & Baking Arts: Finding Books

This guide will help you find reliable information on the culinary and baking arts, in both print and online sources.

Search Strategies

The STLCC Library Catalog is your gateway to finding all items, including books, which the College Libraries own. 

The two basic methods for searching the catalog are by keyword and by LC subject heading.  Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress (LC) subject headings, it's often a good idea to begin with a keyword search. Results of a keyword search can lead to appropriate subject headings.  Ask a reference librarian for help with subject searching.

Keyword Searching

Every item owned by an STLCC library is listed in the STLCC Library Catalog.  Each listing is called a record.  A powerful way to search for books on a particular topic is to perform a keyword search, which looks for records containing the words you use in your search. Example keyword searches:

  1. nutrition and culinary
  2. vegetarian and ethnic
  3. restaurant and manag*
  4. sanitation and food

NOTE: The asterisk (*) truncates a term and will retrieve all forms of the word that follow the truncation symbol. For example, manag* will retrieve managed, managing, management, etc. The asterisk can also be used as a wildcard for an unknown letter, as in wom*n.

Subject Searching

Library of Congress (LC) subject headings are special, standardized words and phrases which describe the primary subject(s) on which a book focuses.  Searching by subject heading rather than by keyword often allows you to look for books on a particular topic more efficiently. 

Since LC subject headings are included in a book's catalog record, looking at the records you get from a keyword search can help you identify appropriate subject headings. Ask A Librarian for help with LC subject searching.

Many foods and culinary items are subject headings, such as:

Below are a few examples of other subject headings you will find in the STLCC Catalog.

  1. quantity cooking
  2. restaurant management
  3. cooks -- training of

Catalog search

 

Need more help?

For more help using the STLCC Catalog, visit Searchpath, Module 3.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

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Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

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St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
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St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
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Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
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