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Resources for students and faculty in the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Basic book 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 disease or condition (i.e. cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, eating disorders, obesity), broad concepts (i.e. dietary supplements, food habits, functional foods, nutraceuticals, vitamins, lipids) or a specific vitamin, mineral or dietary supplement (i.e. vitamin C, Gingko Biloba)

General Call Numbers and subject areas:

  • QM-Human Anatomy
  • QP- Physiology
  • QR- Microbiology
  • RA- Public Aspects of Medicine, Personal Health
  • RB- Pathology
  • RM- Therapeutics, Diet in Disease, Dietetics, Diet Therapy
  • TX341-641- Nutrition, Foods and Food Supply (3rd floor 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 within these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service