English 1B: Genetically Modified Foods

English 1B: Genetically Modified Foods

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New Encyclopaedia Britannica: (Rivera Ref - AE5 .E5 15th ed. 2002)

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Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: (Rivera Ref - "Controversial Topics" bookshelves)
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SCOTTY for UCR Libraries materials
Find books AND periodical titles and whether they're checked out.
Keyword: frankenfood* OR genetically engineered foods/crops
Subject: genetically modified/altered foods OR food biotechnology OR agricultural biotechnology OR organic vs. biotech OR genetically modified ingredients/products OR transgenic plants risk assessment
Title: Dinner at the new gene café: how genetic engineering is changing what we eat, how we live, and the global politics of food.
Limit/Sort: by year, material type, language, etc...
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Academic Search Complete via Ebsco
Broad scholarly, multi-disciplinary database with many full text articles; 1984-present. 
Keyword(s): same as Scotty examples above.

Retrieve fewer articles:
Apply limits: Articles with text, refereed publications, date, etc.
Modify Search: add more keywords - GM Food* AND opponent*, editorial, etc...
Subject: Use their subject terminology - Genetically Engineered Animals, Crops, Food, Mice, Organisms, Plants,...
ACADEMIC via LexisNexis

Access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information. Contains citations, abstracts, and many full-text articles. Coverage of sources varies.

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Business Source Complete via EBSCO
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Cambridge Scientific Abstracts - Hot Topic Series - Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? (Released April 2000) written and edited by Deborah B. Whitman.

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