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Food Science

Resources for Penn State students, faculty and staff emphasizing food microbiology, food chemistry, food engineering, food choice and consumer behavior

Basic CAT Searching

  • Use the Browse function if you are looking for a specific title or author (type last name first).
  • Use the Keyword function and combine terms to search on a topic then use the subject headings from relevant books for additional search terms.
  • Write down the call number and location for any book you want. If the item is not at your campus use the "I Want It" button to request it. 
  • For electronic books, click the link under the words "online content" to access the full text

You can also find books via

Book Searching Tips

Suggested CAT Search Terms: Search for specific products (i.e. milk or cereal), processes (i.e. drying or fermentation), or ingredients (i.e. aspartame or lecithin).

General call numbers and subject areas are:

  • QR115-QR121: Food Microbiology
  • SB265-272: Cacao, Cocoa, Chocolate Production
  • SB353: Mushroom Processing and Technology
  • SF250-SF275: Dairy Technology
  • TP368-TP699: Food Processing and Technology, Food Biotechnology
  • TX341-641: Nutrition. Foods and food supply

At University Park, most materials in the life sciences are located on the 4th floor of Paterno Library. Some food science material is located on the 3rd floor of Paterno

Libraries Borrowing Policies

  • Check books out at the nearest lending desk or self check-out station. 
  • Loan periods are usually one semester
  • Books can be recalled for another user, so respond ASAP to library notices. 

Find Books not at PSU

If you know the item you want, and Penn State does not own it, use Interlibrary Loan!

Try these databases if you want to search other libraries by subject or author.  

You can request the items directly from these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service