For your taste test assignment, you will probably want to consult a number of books from the library. These can be both electronic (available only via computer with an internet connection) or in print (located in the library building).
Helpful Search Terms
You may want to try starting with these search terms and consider adding some of your own depending on your particular research need.
- food technology
- food chemistry
Searching the Catalog
- Visit the library homepage.
- Above the search box, select the tab for "Books and More".
- Enter your search terms in the search box and click "search".
- To limit your search to items owned by CSUSM, select "CSUSM Collection" from the drop down menu next to "Search Within".
- To narrow down your search, click on the relevant limits in the "Refine" menu.
Tip: Make sure to log in with your CSUSM ID/Password to make sure you see what we have available online.
Suggested Journal Titles
These journals will have scientific research articles related to your topic. Keep in mind that they might be very difficult to understand! Try looking for "news", "commentary", or "review" articles -- these will be easier to understand.
Searching in Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a good general database. It contains everything from scientific research articles, to newspaper articles, to magazine articles.
Here are some search tips:
- Search 2 or more keywords -- don't use too many or else you won't get enough results.
- Always look for the PDF or "Get It" buttons to link through to the full text of an article.
- On the results page, limit by "source type". Some useful types include: magazine, trade publication, newspaper, or academic journal.
What is APA style?
APA stands for the American Psychological Association. It is the citation style used in most of the social sciences as well as some of the natural sciences.
Official APA Style Manual at CSUSM Library
This is the official APA manual published by the American Psychological Association. Though the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was released in October 2019, we are currently providing information and links to the 6th edition. This is because the American Psychological Association expects students and professors to transition to this new edition in the spring of 2020 or thereafter. The CSUSM library is awaiting the delivery of the new guides and the transition of other reliable sources to the 7th edition before updating its own citation guide. If you are required to use the 7th edition prior to our updating our APA page, please go directly to the APA's Style and Grammar Guidelines website or contact a librarian directly for assistance.
- Library copies (BF76.7 P83 2010)
The CSUSM Library owns several copies of the official APA manual that you can consult in person. Click on the link above to see where they are located.
- The official APA website
Need access to the official APA guidelines right now but can't get to a copy of the book? Try out their website. It has helpful FAQs and basic guidelines.
Helpful Online Guides
- A brief overview of APA Style
Produced by the APA. NOTE: HTML version of the tutorial works better.
- CiteSource APA (Trinity College)
Examples accompanied by helpful screenshots and pictures showing you how to locate the information you need to include in your citation.
- Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
More examples of APA-style citations and paper formats from Purdue University's famous OWL website. Use the left-hand menu to find the category of item you are trying to cite.
What is a DOI?
APA style requires that you include a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) whenever you cite the online version of an article. A DOI is a special number that identifies each unique article in a database. Please note- some articles may not have a DOI.
- Guidance from the APA (read Online Scholarly Journal Article: Citing DOIs)
- Crossref.org (tool to locate a doi number)
- Tutorial video - using PsycINFO DB
Using APA for Special Cases
- Citing Business Sources (CSUSM Library)
A guide to the most common APA citation formats needed for business sources, compiled by the CSUSM Business Librarian and COBA faculty.
- Citing Government Sources (University of Nebraska Kearney)
Guidance on how to cite many different kinds of government documents in APA style.
- Legal Citations in APA Style (CSU Stanislaus)
Examples for the most commonly cited federal and California legal documents.