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Company Research: Food Science

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Library Instruction class for Food Science & Human Nutrition on how to research a public or private company

Library Instruction class for Food Science & Human Nutrition on how to research a public or private company

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  • 1. Food Processing Company Report
  • 2. Company Information: How much did they make? Who’s the CEO?
    • Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Directory
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HC102 .D8
    • Standard & Poor’s Register of Corporations
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HG4057 .A4
    • Ward’s Business Directory of US Private & Public Companies
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HG4057 .A575
      • Can’t find your company in D&B or S&P? Try here!
    • Standard Corporation Descriptions
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HG4057 .S832x
    • Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference/WSU Owen T12 .T6
      • Also available online through WSU Libraries Articles Indexes/E_Journals
  • 3. Corporate Affiliations: Did You Know PepsiCo Makes Fritos?
    • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HG4057.A219
      • This is a print resource, not online at WSU.
      • Which used to be…
    • Directory of Corporate Affiliations
      • WSU Holland & Terrell HG4057.A219
      • This is also available on CD-ROM
    • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HD2755.5 .D56 2001
    • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the United States
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference HG4057 .A155
      • Cadbury-Schweppes, who gives us Dentyne & Dr. Pepper, is a British company.
      • Nestl é , who gives us Hot Pockets & Powerbars, is a Swiss company .
  • 4. Databases: Where to Find Journal Articles
    • Business Databases
    • ABI/Inform Global
    • ABI/Inform Trade & Industry
    • Business Source Complete
    • EconLit
    • LexisNexis Academic
    • ProQuest Asian Business
    • ProQuest European Business
    • Food Science Databases
    • AGRICOLA
    • CAB Abstracts
    • Food Science & Technology Abstracts
    • WSU Libraries Databases by Subject :
    • Business
    • Food Science
    • Agriculture & Resource Economics
    • Cross Search
    • Cross Search searches multiple databases, in the subject you select, at the same time.
  • 5. Business Information on the Web
    • EDGAR ( http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml ): All companies, foreign and domestic, must file registration statements, periodic reports and other forms with the SEC. EDGAR provides those filings for free. Find SIC codes at EDGAR too.
    • Hoover’s ( http://www.hoovers.com/free/ ): This free version of Hoover’s provides company and industry information and financial news.
    • NAICS ( http:// www.census.gov/epcd/www/naics.html ): The North American Industry Classification System is the standard used by Federal agencies for classifying businesses, replacing the old SIC codes.
    • ISIC Rev. 3 ( http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=2 ): The International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, 3 rd Revision is the international standard of classifying businesses
    • WSU Libraries Subject Resources, Company and Industry Research ( http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/holland/ref/co_ind_guide.htm)
  • 6. Processed Food Product Report Processed food products, novel ingredients, or processing aids .
  • 7. Company Information: Who makes processed foods?
    • Judge’s Food Processors North America
      • WSU Owen Reference TX600.J83
      • Which was…
    • Judge’s Peerless Food Processors North America
      • WSU Owen TX600.J83
      • Which was…
    • Directory of Canning, Freezing, and Preserving Industries
      • WSU Owen Reference TX600.D55
  • 8. Novel Ingredients & Processing Aids:
    • Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives
      • WSU Owen Reference TX553.A3 W55 1999
    • Dictionary of Food Ingredients
      • WSU Owen Reference TX551 .I26 1996
    • Handbook of Food Additives
      • WSU Owen Reference TX553.A3 A84 1995
    • Handbook of Food Analytical Chemistry
      • WSU Owen Reference TX545 .H34 2005
    • Fenaroli’s Handbook of Flavor Ingredients
      • WSU Owen Reference TP418 .F46 2002
    • Handbook of Food Preservation
      • WSU Owen TP371 .H26 2007
      • Also Available to WSU students, staff, & faculty online through NetLibrary
  • 9. Databases: Where to Find Journal Articles
    • Databases
    • Food Science & Technology Abstracts
    • AGRICOLA
    • CAB Abstracts
    • BIOSIS Previews
    • Web of Science
    • SciFinder Scholar
    • WSU Libraries Database by Subject
    • Food Science
    • Chemistry
    • Cross Search
    • Cross Search searches multiple databases, in the subject you select, at the same time.
  • 10. Information on the Web
    • WSU Food Sciences & Human Nutrition Wiki ( http://wiki.wsu.edu/wsuwiki/Food_Science_and_Human_Nutrition ): This Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Wiki has been provided so that you as student(s) and faculty interested in FSHN have a place to collaboratively build and discuss FSHN resources in a communal forum.
    • USDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition ( http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/ ): CFSAN, in conjunction with the Agency's field staff, is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.
    • USDA Agricultural Research Service Processed Foods Research Unit ( http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=66-45-10-00 ): To develop improved processes for the preservation and utilization of vegetables, including cucumbers, sweetpotatoes, peppers, and cabbage, which will enhance product quality, assure safety, and reduce the generation of high salt processing wastes
  • 11. More Information on Novel Ingredients & Processing Aids
    • Dictionary of Organic Compounds
      • Provides detailed descriptions and structure when available.
      • WSU Owen Reference QD246.D5 1996
    • Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary
      • Provides concise descriptions
      • WSU Owen Reference QD5.C5 2007
    • Sax's Dangerous Properties Of Industrial Materials
      • May not be an obvious choice, but a chemical that is safe to injest may be toxic when burned.
      • WSU Owen Reference T55.3.H3 L494 2004
    • Everything Added To Food In The United States
      • Provides CAS numbers and a reference to the section in CFR Title 21 pertaining to that substance.
      • WSU Owen Reference TX553.A3 E94 1993
  • 12. Food Production Standards
    • Codex Alimentarius
      • A collection of standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations related to food production, food safety, and consumer protection.
      • WSU Owen K3626.A55 C63 2006
      • Available online
    • Codex Alimentarium: Organically Produced Food
      • WSU Owen TX369.J56 2006
    • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21 Food & Drugs
      • This title contains the guidelines for food production in the United States.
      • WSU Holland & Terrell Reference U.S.Gov-Docs AE 2.106/3:21
      • Available online http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html
  • 13. Searching Databases & Catalogues Searching tips that you can use with any database or library catalogue.
  • 14. Boolean Searching: AND, OR, AND NOT
    • Use AND to narrow/focus searches
      • Why? Databases and catalogues will retrieve record where all terms connected with AND appear
    • Use OR to expand searches
      • Why? Databases and catalogues will retrieve records where either term connected by OR appears.
    • Use AND NOT to limit a search to one term and at the same time eliminate another term
      • Why? For example, you are looking for research on eating disorders but in men. Your search may look like this “eating disorders” AND NOT women
      • Some databases use NOT for the same function
      • Use AND NOT/NOT judiciously. You may eliminate something you need.
  • 15. Searching for Variant Endings and Spelling
    • Truncation uses a symbol, usually an asterisk (*), to retrieve variant endings of a root word.
      • Environment* will retrieve environments, environmental, environmentalism.
      • The vast majority of databases and catalogues use the * to truncate, but some databases use other symbols like # or ?
    • Symbols like the ? or * can also be used to search for variant spellings or plural forms as well.
      • Colo?r will retrieve both color and colour
      • H?emophilia will retrieve both haemophilia and hemophilia
      • Most databases use either the ? or * to indicate a search for variant spellings, but some databases use other symbols like #.
  • 16. Searching phrases
    • When searching any catalogue or database enclose phrases in quotation marks.
      • Why? The default function in catalogues and databases is AND.
      • If you are looking for articles on vitamin c, and don’t put it in quotes, you get every record with vitamin and c . That doesn’t sound so bad until you find that article on Vitamin B12 by Jane C. Public, PhD.
  • 17. Grouping Searches
    • When grouping terms together catalogue or database use parentheses.
      • Why? Parentheses “force the order”. They instruct the database/catalogue to search the set in parentheses first.
        • If you sat in algebra class and said, I’ll never use F.O.I.L. again… when you use parentheses you are.
      • You can still search for phrases using quotation marks, and you can tie groups of parentheses together with AND, OR, AND NOT to create complex searcher
  • 18. Putting Searches Together
    • What is your question? This can be assigned by your professor or one your come up with yourself.
      • “ I’m interested in the effect of vitamin c on the common cold.”
    • Form your search strategy:
      • Collect your keywords/key phrases together.
      • Identify synonyms for those keywords/key phrases.
        • For example, some synonyms for “vitamin c” include “ascorbic acid” and “ascorbate”
        • Having trouble finding synonyms, try a dictionary, subject dictionary, or thesaurus.
  • 19. Putting Searches Together
      • Group synonyms together using parentheses and connect them with OR
        • (“vitamin c” or “ascorbic acid” or ascorbate)
        • (“common cold” OR influenza)
        • Remember, put quotes around phrases
      • Tie concepts together with AND.
        • (“vitamin c” or “ascorbic acid” or ascorbate) AND (“common cold” OR influenza)
    • Test your search strategy. Does it work?
      • Yes? Well done!
      • No? Try refining your search, simplify your search. Check your spelling.
        • “ vitamin c” AND “common cold”
  • 20. Karenann Jurecki [email_address] Yahoo IM: k.jurecki 335-8217