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Food and nutritional sciences: Books

A guide to finding information in food and nutritional sciences. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). This will show you where the book is located (which floor and its location number - known as the 'Call Number'). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: geissler human nutrition

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Citation example in the Harvard style

The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences recommend using the Cite Them Right Harvard style for citations. See the Citing references tab in this guide for more detailed guidance.

Citing a whole book example

Jeukendrup, A. and Gleeson, M. (2019) Sport nutrition. 3rd edn. Champaign: Human Kinetics.

Citing a book chapter example

Patterson, M.F., Ledward, D.A., Leadley, C. and Rogers, N. (2012) 'High pressure processing', in Brennan, J.G. and Grandison, A.S. (eds) Food processing handbook. 2nd edn. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, pp. 179-204.


Location numbers for food-related topics

3rd Floor

540 Chemistry
543 Analytical chemistry
547 Organic chemistry
570 Life sciences
579 Microbiology
610 Medicine and health
612.3 Digestion
613.2 Dietetics (applied nutrition)
641 Food and drink
641.2 Beverages
641.3 Food
660 Chemical technology
660.6 Biotechnology
663 Beverages technology
664 Food technology
664.07 Food analysis


2nd Floor

330 Economics
338.47664 Economics of the food industry
340 Law
347.1462 Food law
363.192 Food safety policy and control

Additives 664.06
Analysis 664.07
Antioxidants 613.286

Biochemical engineering 660.63
Biochemistry 572

Canning 664.0282
Carbohydrate chemistry 547.78
Carbohydrates in food 613.283
Cheese industry 637.3
Cocoa and chocolate 663.92
Coffee 663.93
Colloid chemistry 541.345

Dietetics 613.2
Digestion 612.3
Drying food 664.0284

E. coli 615.9529342
Enzyme technology 660.634
Enzymes in the body 572.7

Fats and oils in nutrition 613.284
Fermentation 660.28449
Fibre 613.283
Flavour 664.072
Food biotechnology 664.024
Food emulsions 664.001541345
Food ethics 174.9664
Food industry 338.47664
Food lipids 612.397
Food poisoning 615.954
Food safety control 363.192
Food safety law 347.1462
Freezing 664.0285
Fruit and vegetable juices 663.63
Functional foods 613.2

HACCP 664.00684
Heat 536

Listeria 615.952937

Maillard reaction 664.02
Malting and brewing 663.3
Metabolism of food 612.39
Microbiology of foods 664.001579
Microbiology, Industrial 660.62
Milk industry 637.1

New food products 664.00685
Nutraceuticals 613.2
Nutrition 613.2

Omega-3 613.284

Packaging 664.09
Preservation techniques 664.028
Production management 658.5
Protein chemistry 547.75
Proteins in food 613.282

Quality control technology 664.07
Quality control management 658.562

Retail marketing 658.87

Sensory evaluation 664.072

Toxicology 615.9

Vitamins 612.399

Water analysis and safety 628.16
Wine 663.2

Yoghurt 637.174

Accessing online Library resources

If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.

For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.

Terms of Use

When you use our e-resources you are agreeing to our Terms of Use. Please take a moment to look at these by following the link below:

When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. 

Your login details

You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by (e.g. and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:

Getting to the login page...

  • For most resources, if you follow a link from our website or catalogues your login will be picked up automatically or you will be prompted to login straightaway. 
  • If you access resources via another route you will need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will then pick up your login or prompt you to login. For more information about institutional login, please see the link below:
Logging in to Library resources

Watch this short video on how you login to use Library resources.

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Logging in to the Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Selected new books