Hunger and Food Security

Background Readings

What is Food Security?
Agricultural Ethics and Social Justice
Effects of Malnutrition
Food and Bioethics
Food Deserts
Food Ethics
Food Justice
Food Policy
Food Security
Government Food Assistance
Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students. (2016)
Social Justice

Library Catalog

LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide.
COD Library books on Food Security
COD Library books on Food Relief

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books on the shelves)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.

Article Databases

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Academic OneFile (formerly Expanded Academic Index ASAP). An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

Academic Search Premier/Complete. [EBSCOhost]1984 to present; 1990 to present- full text). Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.

National Newspapers database Search the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

PsycInfo This database contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages.

SocIndex with Full-Text articles. The database features more than 1,700,000 records with subject headings from a 15,600 term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. This product also contains informative abstracts for more than 740 "core" coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. In addition, this database provides data mined from more than 540 "priority" coverage journals as well as from over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Further, extensive indexing for books/monographs, conference papers, and other content sources is included.


More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases.
Does the C.O.D. Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines.
How to Read a Research Study Article.

Reference Books

Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

The Atlas of Food : Who Eats What, Where, and Why. Reference HD 9000.5 .M 52 2008
Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems. (2014)
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. (2003)
Encyclopedia of World Poverty. (2006)
Food: An Atlas. Reference TX 353 .F 547 2013
Poverty and Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. (2009)
Poverty in the United States : An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy. Reference HC 110 .P 6 P 598 2004
Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues. (2015)

Internet Sites

DuPage County Department of Community Services - Client Services (formerly Human Services)
DuPage County Food Pantries
DuPage County Poverty Information
Famine Early Warning System - FEWS for worldwide information
Feeding America - Illinois
Feeding Illinois
Food & Community from the Kellogg Foundation
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Hunger Coalition
Map the Meal Gap
National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness
Northern Illinois Food Bank.
State of Food Insecurity in the World (FAO).
The United Nations and Food Security Task Force.
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food Security information.
World Food Security Indicators (FAO)

Other Research Guides