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Subject Guide - Food

 Finding books and journal articles


HOLLY  (Harper Online Library)

Whether you want to find a book, an electronic journal article or other electronic information you can start your search in the same place, the simple search box on every library webpage.

HARLO (Harper Adams Reading Lists Online)

You can find recommended reading for all your modules via HARLO. You can search via the Find Lists tab and then either module code, title or lecturers name. Alternatively you can browse department via the department drop down list.

We've put together a list of online only food resources easily accessible off campus. This includes e-books, e-journals, useful databases, websites, academic skills tools and video links to help with accessing resources off campus.

If you come across a book title we don't have in stock please contact us at


Journal Titles Search

As well finding access to full text articles via HOLLY you can also search for specific journal titles.

If you want to know more about using journal articles in your work a good place to start is our Introducing Journals Guide


Other resources which may help you

You can find these in our alphabetical list of databases:

Financial Times 

Use the link on the database page to register for the Financial Times.

Food Science Source

Full-text database with more than 1,400 publications, including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications related to the food industry. Find it @ Harper automatically searches this database, but you can choose to search it individually.

The Grocer 

Online service and weekly magazine with coverage of the whole FMCG sector.

IGD Retail Analysis 

Insights into over 400 retailers and current trends. Only available on campus.

IGD Supply Chain Analysis 

Insights into supply chain news and trends. Only available on campus


Market research reports on food and drink in the UK, China food and drink, China retail and China lifestyles. 

Passport from Euromonitor 

A global market research tool which provides strategic analysis as well as being a market size and market share database for products across key countries. It also contains information about consumers, the business environment, trade and the infrastructure of many countries.


Statistical data on over 80,000 topics from 22,500 source

Useful food websites

Food Ethics Council

A charity that provides independent advice on the ethics of food and farming. Our aim is to create a food system that is fair and healthy for people, animals and the environment.

Food Standards Agency 

The agency is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK.


The International Network of Food Data Systems has developed standards and guidelines for collection, compilation, and reporting of food component data. Includes links to online sources of food composition information and discussion groups.

Institute of Food Science & Technology

Professional body for UK food professionals. The IFST site provides information about their Special Interest Groups and gives position statements on current food-related topics.

YouGov Food & Drink

YouGov conducted surveys.

Study Skills

Information Literacy Skills

Study Guides  - including Guide to Referencing, Guide to Report Writing and Revision Guide.

Finding Information - guidance on searching for books and articles.

Evaluating Information  -  succeed in your studies by developing further your skills in finding and using information.

Search Techniques  -  learn how to search effectively and ensure you get the information you need.

Subject Help

Book an appointment with your Subject Librarian.

Come and talk to us at the Enquiry Desk - we are here to help you find information - or contact us by email or phone

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