Resources for Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Events Management Students

Scott Community College’s hospitality management, event management, and culinary arts programs were the first among Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The culinary arts program has been so successful, in fact, that EICC has expanded to offer the culinary and hospitality programs in Muscatine Community College.

With so much excitement surrounding these programs, we’re making sure we provide students with the most accurate and up-to-date information available, from the latest trends in style and taste to scientific discoveries in food borne illness to economic indicators in the agricultural market.

Traditional Media

Print Books

For students in these specific programs, the greatest selection of material comes from our print books collection.

Most of our print books related to food preparation are under located 641 in the Dewey Decimal System, while event management and planning books are typically found in 658 and 659. You can download a list of some of our available books as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet (see below). See our library catalog for more materials.

Remember: we share a catalog with other RiverShare libraries – that is, public libraries in and around Scott County that are members of the RiverShare consortium. You may use your card from a RiverShare library to check out books from our collection and vice versa.

Culinary Arts and Cook Books: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Hospitality and Event Management Books: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Books on the culture and politics of food: PDF and Excel spreadsheet

Don’t see what you’re looking for? That doesn’t mean we don’t have it. Stop in or check the catalog.


One of our favorite publications – which also happens to be a favorite of Wolfgang Puck – is Art Culinaire, a high quality hardbound magazine that focuses exclusively on food, food preparation, and its professionals. The most current issue is available for in-library use, and we maintain a collection of multi-year back issues for check out.


Seeing strategy and method in action can be very effective. A list of our DVDs related to food and events are available for download in PDF or Excel spreadsheet. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for additions to our collection.

Electronic Resources

To use these resources, first log in to EICConnect, then go to the Electronic Resources under Library found under Menu. These are resources unaffiliated with SCC and some require creating a new username and login prior to use.

Digital Video Database

Films on Demand filmsondemand

Films on Demand features a tremendous number of videos on the subjects of event and hospitality management, as well as cooking videos for every skill level – from microwave dinners for one to instructional videos directed at catering professionals.

While available films include full lectures and demonstrations of usage, there are also bite-sized videos clocking in at under five minutes. From career planning to tips for experienced professionals, Films on Demand offers videos for every step on your career path.

To filter out unrelated results, look at the right side of the page. For example, a simple search for “event planning” yields related results as well as a couple of irrelevant videos, such an hour-long documentary about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. If you’re looking for something very specific, it may be prudent to use the “Advanced Search” option located just under the search bar.


eBooks and eAudio eicc-college-libraries

The best part about eBooks is that you can browse the extensive collection, then check out one or two (or 30) eBooks without ever leaving your couch.


So many possibilities…

RiverShare has two collections of eBooks:  academic and public library. The link to the academic eBook collection (through the link that just says eBooks) There are test prep books available here as well.  Search by subject or click on Subjects in the top left-hand corner and select Medical under Non-Fiction.  There are a few options through the public library collection as well (for this, click on the link that says eBooks and eAudio).  RiverShare eBooks are also searchable in the library catalog; limit to Electronic Resources or eBook after searching.

EBSCO eBooks Mobile App ebscoebooksma_logo

This app is designed to interface best with your smartphone and tablet. Accessible through the EBSCO link under the “Electronics Resource” tab, you’ll find it listed along with a half-dozen other services, (including Flipster, which we’ll get to in a minute). Sleek, simple, and user-friendly, this library is heavy on social sciences and cultural studies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library galevirtualreferencelibrary

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is comprised of a collection of eBooks and is strongest in the social sciences. This is where you go if you want to learn about the origin of French fries or why cakes are such a stalwart party staple.

Credo Reference credo-reference-cors-2014-purple-hor

Credo Reference is similar to The Gale Virtual Reference Library in that it best used as a starting place for general research.  This database is primarily comprised of eBooks in the fields of sociology, history, psychology, business, art, literature, and philosophy. There are also reference materials for mathematics.

Test Prep and Skill Practice

Learning Express Library learning_express_library

Improved math, writing, test-taking, and study skills are all a few clicks away. The Learning Express Library offers several online “centers” – such as the Career Center and the Computer Skills Center – designed to help us continue learning at every stage in life.

Research and Paper-writing Help

ProQuest Research Companion proquest

There’s not much time to devote to academic writing in the culinary arts and hospitality programs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need to know how to research properly. The ability to find the information you need is an increasingly essential skill in any field.

ProQuest helps you develop effective research strategies with an easy step-by-step process that covers finding information, evaluating information, and making use of information. It answers questions like, “How do I avoid plagiarism?” and “What do I look for when I revise?”

Databases and Digital Journal Article

Pro-tip: sometimes an article in one of these databases will come with an abstract. This is a summary of the article that tells you exactly what information you’ll find after a full reading. Always. Read. The. Abstract. Nothing’s worse than reading a 6500-word article only to discover it has nothing to do with your topic.

EBSCO ebsco-logo2

EBSCO is an octuple-threat. In addition to the aforementioned eBooks mobile app, it also provides you with access to Flipster flipster_logo, a database of general interest magazines, and the Small Business Reference Center smallbusinessrefcenterebsco, which will come in handy when you’re ready to take what you’ve learned in school and conquer the world.

EBSCOhost in particular is one of our favorite database aggregators because 1) we’ve stocked it with journals that are not available without subscription, so it’s full of information you can’t find for free via Google, and 2) there are so many search and filtering options. If used correctly, they vastly decrease wasted research time – no more slogging through unrelated articles for you!

For example, you may search for catering AND food-borne illness. If you only want peer reviewed results, select “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” located under the section labeled, “Limit your results.”

Additional forms and selections below involve each individual database. These are most useful if you’re going to look at one or two databases at a time. Remember, EBSCOhost searches several databases at a time. If you’d like to limit yourself to one or two, click on the link that reads “Choose Databases” located right above the search form. Some are very specific – such as the database of Civil War Primary Source Documents.

When you run a search in EBSCO, it is set to retrieve just the articles that we have available in full text.   Depending on your topic, you might want more choices.  If you need additional articles to select from, uncheck the box for Full Text to see articles that can be ordered through interlibrary loan.  (Not familiar with this?  Just ask the library staff for help!)

Academic OneFile academiconefile

Academic OneFile is another major database with a great collection of journals. Though its crawler doesn’t offer quite as many pre-search filtering options, you can perform an advanced search.

Most of the filtering options in Academic OneFile are available after it’s already retrieved articles on your search topic. Given that, this database may be most helpful to someone who isn’t quite sure what they’re looking for yet.

For example, after you’ve retrieved your search results, a side-bar titled, “Content Types” will appear on the side of your screen. At the bottom of this bar is the Topic Finder, next to a little color wheel icon. This tool finds the most common words and terms from the retrieved results and suggests related subjects. For a search on famous chefs, suggested topics include “Celebrity Chefs” + “Michelin Star” and “Business” + “Restaurants Byline.”

Have questions or suggestions? We’d love to hear them!


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