Use the library's REFERENCE RESOURCES to gather:
-Background information about your topic; dates, names, locations
-Keywords and subject-specific vocabulary that will help you in searching more complex sources and databases
-Context; reference resources can help you understand how your topic fits into a broader discipline or how multiple topics are interrelated
Note: these books do NOT check out.
Search for books by keyword or subject heading here.
-- When searching for ingredients, it is best to use a KEYWORD search.
-- If your ingredient is plant-based, it may be helpful to know the correct botanical name of your plant. Wikipedia is a great place to find the botanical name of your plant (but don't cite it in your academic papers!); then search library sources using the botanical name of the plant.
The following books are available for checkout at the CMU Library.