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Guide to research at the San Francisco State University library, including finding books, journal articles, dissertations, government documents, statistics, and more.


A few free web tools that will help organize your research citations:

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San Francisco Food

Recognizing that a sustainable food system is essential to achieving San Francisco's health, environmental, and social justice priorities, San Francisco Food is the City's resource to better connect our community to a healthy food system.  Explore this site for healthy and sustainable foods for meetings, work or family. If you want to learn more about applying for Food Stamps, find a farmers market, discover what San Francisco policy-makers and researchers have said about our food, and learn more about buying food for your institution, you have come to the right place. 

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Research Advice

Research advice is available by appointment with LaVonne, by instant messaging, by E-Mail Reference or in person at the Library's Research Assistance Desk on the 1st floor across from the Book Checkout & Pickup desk.

Good literature searches begin with identifying your key concepts.  Note the conceptual "chunks" in your topic, generate keywords and variations to use while searching, and decide how current or historical the articles should be.  It may be possible to identify key researchers in the field then use them as search possibilities. Be flexible and prepared to modify your searching as you go.

An example of thinking in "chunks" -- "What type of foods do poor residents of Hunters Point have access to?"

o  The geographical variations might include San Francisco or Bayview
o  Foods could expand into "food desert," corner stores, farmers markets, etc.
o  Poor resident adjectives might be "low-income," economically disadvantaged, etc.

Help and Advice

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