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Family and Consumer Sciences: Library Resources & Course Guides

This guide is designed to help you find materials available from the Houston Cole Library for research in family and consumer sciences (formerly called home economics).

Library Subscribed Databases for FCS Research (ID Required)

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) offers degree programs including Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development, Dietetics, Human Sciences, Merchandising, Hospitality and Culinary Management and  Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a teaching field in Family and Consumer Sciences. JSU Library provides resources for curriculum support. The following list provides FCS related and interdisciplinary databases (ID may require for access):

Video Databases at JSU Library

JSULibrary provides access to the following video databases (ID may be required for accessing):

About Collections at JSU Library

Circulating /Reference Books

Books are available for borrowing by students and faculty members. The majority of family and consumer sciences books are shelved on 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th Floors under the Library of Congress classification call number L, N, Q, R, and T.

LB 1139 Early Childhood Education LB 1140 Preschool Education
NK Decorative Arts, Applied Arts QP 141-772 Physiology
RA 601-645.3 Public Aspects of Medicine RC 581-632 Immunologic, Nutritional, & Metabolic Diseases
RC 633-951 Diseases of Organs, Glands, Systems RJ 36-235 Pediatrics
RK Dental Education & Research RM 214-258 Diet Therapy
TS 1300-1865 Textile Industries TS 2120-2159 Cereals & Grains, Milling Industry
TT 1-999 Handicrafts. Arts and crafts TX 1-1110 Home economics
TT161-170.7 Manual training. School shops TX 301-339 The house
TT 174-176 Articles for Children TX 341-641 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
TT 180-200 Woodworking. Furniture making. Upholstering TX 642-840 Cookery
TT 201-203 Lathework. Turning TX 851-885 Dining-room service
TT 205 - 267 Metalworking TX 901-946.5 Hospitality industry
TT 300-382.8 Painting. Wood finishing TX 950- 953 Taverns, barrooms, saloons
TT 387-410 Soft home furnishings TX 955-985 Building operation and housekeeping
TT 490 -695 Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring TX 1100-1105 Mobile home living
TT 950-979 Hairdressing. Beauty culture, Barber's work TX 1110 Recreational vehicle living
TT 989-999 Laundry work TP 365-659 Food Processing and Manufacturing


Click here for new books that the Library recently purchased. To view a list of technology reference books, please click here. JSU library also provides access to electronic books. ID may require for off-campus accessing these E-books. InterLibrary Loan Service is available as well.

Microforms Family & Consumer Sciences microforms (mainly microfiches and microfilms) are located on 10th floor. They are in-library use only. Microforms can be viewed and printed out by using the microform reader machines (located on 2nd floor).

Government Documents Most government documents for family and consumer sciences are located on 10th floor under call number TX. They are integrated into the regular agricultural collection. Some pamphlets can be found in the Vertical File cabinets on 2nd floor under SuDoc Classification System. For more information on government documents, please click here.

Periodical = Serial a publication that comes out regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) that uses a numbering system that is intended to continue indefinitely. Magazines, journals and newspapers are all referred to as periodicals or serials. A list of home economics periodicals can be accessed here.

Scholarly Journals are academic periodicals that publish on a regular schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.). They offer original scholarship and reviews written by expert scholars. Most include long articles with footnotes and/or bibliographies.  

General magazines have essays, editorials, and news written by journalists for non-experts with photos, cartoons, sidebars, usually sources are not cited. They are good for basic information, news, opinions about public policies, etc.

Databases are collections of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Use databases to search hundreds of different publications to find articles on your topic. A list of Library databases can be accessed here.

OER (Open educational resources & adopted textbooks)


  • HEARTH: A core electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850-1950.
  • Bentham Open Access: Over 230 peer-reviewed open access journals cover all major disciplines of science, technology, medicine and social science.
  • UC-Press E-book Collection, 1982-2004: includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.
  • HighWire: digital dissemination of 1,769 journals, reference works, books and proceedings from Stanford University.
  • Household Products Database: Material Safety Data Sheets allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
  • certification test information.

Hospitality and Culinary Management:

  • publish reports of harm or risk of harm, related to the use of comsumer product. Reports cover all products within the jurisdiction of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
  • Beazley Archive: Open database provides the world's collection of images of ancient figure-decorated pottery.
  • accessCeramics: A growing collection of contemporary ceramics images by recognized artists.

Child Development:


  • AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access): serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.
  • MedlinePlus:  MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
  • PubMed (Medline): PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • PubMed Central: PMC is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institute of Health's national Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
  • PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset: The subset is designed to limit search results to citations from a broad spectrum of dietary supplement literature including vitamin, mineral, phytochemical, ergogenic, botanical, and herbal supplements in human nutrition and animal models
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Formly the American Dietetic Association, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It offers information on research, education, journals and publications, conferences, advocacy and professional development all pertaining to dietetics.
  • government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.
  • Combined Health Information Database: a collaborative effort of several federal agencies and provides titles, abstracts and information on the availability of health information and health education resources, many of which are not indexed elsewhere. Some entries describe current research or health education projects, with contact information. There are numerous topic-specific subfiles, including Maternal and Child Health and Comprehensive School Health.
  • Unified Medical Language System (UMLS): A searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions.
  • PLOS ONE(eISSN-1932-6203): is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication featurING reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences: a specialist internet resource that gathers together research, reviews and news on nutrition and the food sciences in an easily searchable database. It covers the whole food chain from the raw ingredients to the physiological and health effects of nutrients. Key subject areas include public health, clinical nutrition, nutrition physiology, food safety, food security, consumer behaviour, food science and technology and food product groups such as functional foods.

Human Sciences:

  • Professional Resource Library: from the National Council on Family Relations. Find and share professional documents—from curriculum to articles to presentations.


  • Office of Textile and Apparel (OTEXA): trade data, trade agreements, export information and reference material.
  • BergFashionLibrary: Provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-book collection, a vast image bank, and etc.
  • Fashion Museum: collects and presents examples of historical and contemporary dress and style.
  • Europeana Fashion: provides free access to digital and costume collections across Europe feature clothing, accessories, photographs, posters, illustrations and videos with searchable function.

FCS Education:

For more general open access resources, please see Open Educational Resources (OER) page.

Professor, Law/Technology Librarian

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Hanrong Wang
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Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
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  • to discuss ways the Library collections can support your curriculum and research needs through the acquisition or provision of access to resources;
  • to answer questions about library research materials, tool, services, policies, or procedures;
  • to obtain reports on library collections and services for program reviews, accreditation reports, grant applicants, etc.;
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