Library Resources for Hospitality & Tourism

Resources for Students


Online Reference Books

The International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management is published by Elsevier and is available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. If you are accessing this resource from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password as a login.

The An A-Z of Food and Drink is available online.

See also the database Infotrac Hospitality, Tourism, & Leisure Collection and Business Insights: Global, which contains reference books, below.


Other E-Books

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


Periodical Databases

Periodical databases let you find articles on a specific subject in magazines, newspapers, and trade journals.

To access databases such as the Gale databases listed below, go to Library's Online Databases - If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

A guide to using the Gale databases may be found at


Academic OneFile [Gale]
For scholarly journals on a variety of topics.
General OneFile [Gale]
The best source for popular periodicals, news magazines, and tourist information..


Business Insights: Global [Gale]
Index to thousands of journals covering business, management, economics, finance, banking, and accounting, often in full text. Also contains detailed company and industry profiles; to access them, search on a company name and then click the "Company Profiles" link. First choiceAlso has information from many Gale business-reference books.
InfoTrac Culinary Arts Collection
Covers major cooking, nutrition, restaurant, and food industry magazines and journals from 1980 to present.
First choiceInfotrac Hospitality, Tourism, & Leisure Collection [Gale]
This collection of more than 800 journals and 29 subject specific Delmar reference books provide well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism fields.
LexisNexis Academic
Click on the News link in the navigation menu, then click on the link to  Business & Industry. 

Supplementary Databases

Additional databases are found on Chemeketa's databases page under Supplementary Online Databases -


Image Databases

Britannica ImageQuest is a very large database with high quality images of all kinds of subject matter. Images have been cleared for educational use. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


Professional Associations, Trade Publications, Etc.

Sources for Names of Professional Organizations and Titles of Periodicals


Finding Library Materials

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

Skip to information on subject terms in library catalogs

Outside the college district 

If you live outside the college district, but in Oregon, Washington or Idaho, you can search in the Library Search. Chemeketa employees and students taking at least one credit hour may request Summit items in the search and have them sent to a Summit library where thay have set up a Visiting Patron account. For help with Summit requests, please contact the reference desk at 503-399-5231 or

If you do not live near a Summit library, you can search your local library catalog, or you can search in that of Chemeketa, Summit, or another library to find material you need. You will find all these options on the catalog page. If the material you want is not in your local library, ask your local librarian to request an interlibrary loan. That way the book you need can be sent from Chemeketa or another library for you to check out and use locally. A four-page guide to library research services for distant students contains more information on interlibrary loan.

Electronic books are available through to Chemeketa students through the Library Search. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Some Subject terms used in library catalogs

Here are some subject terms used by libraries to describe topics in hospitality and tourism:

          Hospitality industry
               Bars (drinking establishments)
               Convention facilities
               Food Service
                    Caterers & catering
                    Room service
                    Wine service
                    All-suite hotels
                    Bed and breakfast accomodations
                    Hotel chains
                    Hotel lobbies
                    Nonsmoking accomodations
          Tourist trade
               Cruise lines
               Package tours
               Sightseeing business
               Sports and tourist trade
               Tourist information centers
               Travel agents
               Visitors, foreign
               Visitors' centers
               Air travel
                    Aeronautics, commercial
               Automobile travel
               Bicycle touring
               Bus travel
               Business travel
               International travel regulations
               Ocean travel
               Pets and travel               
               Travel restrictions
               Youth travel programs

Of course there are many more. You can combine travel key words using the key word search in the catalog. Tourism literature about places usually uses the subdivisions description and travel or guidebooks. Use and to combine words:
                Caribbean and guidebooks
                Nepal and description

Other Sources of Information

For information regarding hospitality and tourism, there is a huge amount of information available on the Internet. Here are some a few sources to try.

Internet Resources

American Hotel and Lodging Association
Hot topics, buyer's guide, news, government information, and a career center.
American Society of Travel Agents
A cruise review database.
Destination Marketing Association International
An organization devoted to improving destination-based marketing
The famous guidebook publisher. Tourist information on major destinations through a clickable map.
A portal for hospitality-industry information. The "Association Update" page provides desriptions and news for many hospitality-related organizations. Also provides industry news, job listings, industry web search, and more.
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
National Restaurant Association
Industry news, issues, career information, and more. is a U.S. government site that is a "one-stop shop" for access to recreation-related information about government lands.
Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
Links to tourism offices for countries and to state tourism sites for the fifty U.S. states.
University of Wisconsin Library Hospitality and Tourism links
A useful collection of resources related to this area.
U.S. Customs traveler information
Travel and customs regulations for U.S. travelers, travel alerts, and more.
U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
Has market research information,including statistics on U.S. inbound and outbound travel, overseas and Canadian visitors to U.S. cities, etc.
U.S. State Department traveler information
Information for foreign citizens traveling to the U.S.A., and U.S. citizens traveling abroad, including visa, passport, and warnings for dangerous destinations.
World Tourism Organization
The tourism organization of the United Nations.
A University of Sheffield site that gives information in map form. See Transport and Tourism in the A-Z listfor interesting travel and tourism-related information.

Citing sources

There are two main styles used for writing papers and citing sources; they are the styles of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). The current editions of these manuals are:

      American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the 
            American Psychological Association (6th ed).  Washington, D.C.: 
      MLA Handbook For Writers Of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: 
             Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

You will find these in many libraries. Online guides are available at Online Resources for Writing.

A special guide for citing the electronic resources to which the library subscribes, including Gale databases and netLibrary, is the library's Citing Sources from Online Databases.

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Updated 16 December 2014