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CSEM 370: AgroEcology: Sustainable Agricultural Systems   Tags: agri, agriculture, crop, csem 370, soil and environmental, sustainability  

This is a research guide for students taking CSEM 370.
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See the online Instructions For Authors guide for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems for information about citing resources.


    Selected Article Databases

    • AGRICOLA  
      AGRICOLA contains citations to journal articles (including Acta Horticulturae) extension documents, government reports, books, theses, audiovisual materials, and patents back to 1970. It is a service of the U.S. National Agricultural Library.
    • Annual Reviews
      The Annual Reviews site contains full-text access to many yearly life sciences reviews, including: Plant Biology; Phytopathology; Ecology, Environment and Resources, and Genetics. Dates of coverage vary.
    • CAB Abstracts (1990-present)  
      CAB Abstracts contains citations to journal articles, monographs, books, conference proceedings, etc., in all agricultural fields as well as forestry and life sciences. It includes coverage from 1990 to present.
    • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete (EBSCO)
      Don't let the name fool you! Contains citations and *some* full text information about agronomy, forestry, soils, and other related topics. Dates of coverage vary.
    • Environment Index  
      "Environment Index provides abstract/index information for over 1000 titles in the area of environmental policy and studies. The product has an Environment thesaurus." Some coverage goes back to the 1940s."
    • GeoRef (Ovid)  
      GEOREF contains citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and theses, about soils and other geological sciences, with coverage back to 1966.
    • JSTOR
      JSTOR has complete online copies of older issues of many key journals across many subject areas. JSTOR does NOT include recent issues of journals.
    • Plant Management Network
      "Plant Management Network (PMN) is a not-for-profit, online publishing effort whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops. The database includes science-based resources that help researchers, crop management professionals, consultants, growers, educators, and students make better plant management decisions and recommendations."
    • PubAg (US Department of Agriculture)
      Warning: May not all be peer-reviewed. From the site:"PubAg is a portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research. At launch it delivers over 40,000 full-text journal articles by USDA staff and citations to an additional 340,000 articles."
    • Web of Science
      Includes Science Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, and Zoological Abstracts and more. Select All Databases to search these databases at the same time.

    Search Tips

    • Break your topic into the main concepts and use connectors (and, or) for your search:
    What is the role of precision agriculture in creating sustainable agroecosystems of the future? --> Precision agriculture and sustainability and ecosystems

    • Use the database's limit to peer-reviewed journals if this option is available.
    • Peer-reviewed journal limiters may also be called Academic Journals (e.g., in CAB) or scholarly journals.
    • Web of Science databases do not have a specific limiter for peer-reviewed articles, but almost all of the journals indexed are peer-reviewed. You may limit to articles and not conference papers, etc.
    • See this Morris Library video for a discussion of peer-reviewed vs popular articles. See this YouTube video if you want to learn about visual clues to distinguish scholarly articles vs. magazine articles.
    • You may also want to see the chart created by Jennifer Horton or the handout that shows the different parts of a scholarly article or magazine article.
    • Use synonyms to expand your search and connect them with or:

    no till or no tillage or conservation tillage

    • Link from subjects or descriptors found in article citations to find others.
    • Use limits, such as language, publication date, and publication/document  type (e.g., scholarly journals or peer-reviewed journals, review articles).
    •  Combine searches in Search History.
    • Databases produced by the same vendor (for example, CAB, Agricola, and Environment Index are in EBSCO) may be searched together. The OneSearch box also combines many databases.  Web of Science All Databases search combines Biological Abstracts, Zoological Record, and the Core Collection databases.
    • Use truncation symbols if available, e.g. pollin* will find pollin, pollinator, pollinators, pollinating, etc.
    • Limit to words in the title or abstract to narrow your search
    • Use "Cited by" or "Related articles" links if available to find more articles

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