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UNV 100: Food and Culture

Stephanie Gelderloos


Hello! Welcome to the course guide for UNV 100: Food and Culture. You will find some video tutorials and library databases to help you complete the assignments for this class.

If you have questions or are not finding what you need please ask your librarian for help.

Brainstorming for a Topic

Choose a topic that interests you. Use the following questions to help generate topic ideas.

  • Do you have a strong opinion on a current social or political controversy?
  • Did you read or see a news story recently that has piqued your interest or made you angry or anxious?
  • Do you have a personal issue, problem, or interest that you would like to know more about?
  • Is there an aspect of a class that you are interested in learning more about?

Write down any key words or concepts that may be of interest to you. These terms can be helpful in your searching and used to form a more focused research topic.

Be aware of overused ideas when deciding a topic. You may wish to avoid topics such as abortion, gun control, teen pregnancy, or suicide unless you feel you have a unique approach to the topic. Ask the instructor for ideas if you feel you are stuck or need additional guidance.

If you need help, try our Research Topic Guide for ideas.

Sometimes using a Concept Map can help you come up with directions to take your research.

Suggested Databases

The following databases are a great place to start searching for sources for your research project. Please ask a librarian if you need help using them!

Recipe Databases