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Illinois Tech Library Guides

Food Science and Technology: Reference Resources

Print Reference Resources

Electronic Reference Resources

If you are off campus, you can only access these books by logging into your MyIIT Account, and then by clicking on the "library e-resources" icon on the top right of the screen. You must then select the letter that corresponds to the database offering the book ("S" for Springer or "E" for EBSCOHost).  For more information, see Accessing Library Resources From Home.  

How to Use Reference Resources

Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and thesauri.  It is important to consult reference resources before you begin the research process for the following reasons:  

  1. Reference resources can be used to help generate additional search terms and synonyms related to your research topic.
  2. Reference resources can be used to help you write an introduction to your thesis, lab report, or paper.
  3. Reference resources contain bibliographic references that can lead you to other journal articles.
  4. Reference resources can be used to fill topical gaps in your research when you require just a little extra information. 
  5. Reference resources enable you to put your research within a larger context  - Thus, reference resources allow you to see the connection between related ideas.