Nutrition and Food Science: Find evidence (Books)

Find evidence (Books)

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  • definitions
  • topic overviews
  • step-by-step guides
  • in-depth information on a topic

...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.

Types of books

There are a number of different types of books that you may need to use. For example:

Reference books – include encyclopaedias, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies and directories. Consult them to define terms or find specific information. Search for them using the catalogue, like any other book.

Textbooks provide instructional material intended for educational purposes. Textbooks are frequently updated as the material can become out of date very quickly.
Scholarly books – written on specific subjects and usually for a specific audience. Scholarly materials are necessary for university-level research in most disciplines.

Find books and videos by searching the Library catalogue.

Quick tips

  • Search for the Title or Author by changing the drop-down menu from the default 'anywhere in the record' to in the title or as author/creator
  • Use double quotes for phrases, e.g. "childhood obesity"
  • Use the truncation symbol * to find alternative word endings e.g. "health promotion" communit*
  • Use the Resource type limit and select Book

An ebook is a digital book. It functions just like a traditional print book, but can be enhanced with technology to make it connected and interactive.

Ebooks are accessed through the internet and read using computers, tablets, smartphones or ereaders.

To find ebooks you can limit your results by Resource type: Books, then Show Only: Full Text Online

For help finding, using and downloading UniSA Library ebooks see the:

Book <image, public domain>A subject search in the Library Catalogue may help focus your search and find relevant results.

Search the subject field by changing the drop-down menu from Anywhere in the record to in subject. E.g.:

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Next steps

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Need more evidence? Consider searching for journal articles.

Once you have found all the evidence you intend to use for your assignment, evaluate it.