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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2016     Views: 86

There are many ways you can tackle this question. Below are just a few:

You could find a source that covers fast food and/or globalization in a broad and comprehensive way (aka a book). So, use our e-book collections to see if we have whole books on fast food or whole books on globalization. There might be useful information in them. You might also see if there is a whole book on any specific country you are exploring...that might include information on its culture and eating and/or food as well.

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You could look for resources on the "opposite" concept, aka the Slow Foods Movement. While this may seem counter-intuitive, many times a resource that covers a counter-movement must make an examination of the movement that caused it. The slow or local foods movement, in many ways, resulted because of the spread of fast food, low-nutrition food, and the worry over genetically modified food. A book on the slow-foods movement might cover what you need.

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Choose one of our general education databases that search a little bit of everything (Discovery, for example) and type in "fast food" as a search phrase (or something more precise like McDonalds) and then add the name of the country you want. Example searches:

    • Fast food and France
    • Fast food and China
    • McDonalds and China

Yes, this would require you to search one country at a time, but this method might reveal great, in-depth resources on a country by country level that you might not find if you did a broader search.

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Look at articles from non-USA sources. See what the literature of other countries says about what they think about fast food (or a particular fast food restaurant).

For example, if you want to find out what the French think about McDonalds, you might want to look up the term McDonalds in a source published in France. This is farily easy to do in the web environment. With Google, for example, you can limit your searches to country domains. Examples:

    • "Fast food" and site:.ca 
      limits your search "fast food" to Canadian websites  
    • "Fast food" and site:.fr
      limits yours search on "fast food" to French websites
    • For a complete list of country domain names, check: http://www.thrall.org/domains.htm

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