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Agriculture Research Guide   Tags: agri, agriculture, agsc, agsy  

A guide to research in Agriculture. Other relevant guides : Agribusiness Economics; Agricultural Systems, Animal Science; Crop, Soil, and Environmental Management, Food & Nutrition; Forestry; Hospitality & Tourism;
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Key Databases

Try these links to search scholarly articles, primary sources, and more.

    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.
  • Biological Abstracts (Web of Science)  
    Contains citations to information about life sciences and biomedicine from 1968-present. In addition to topic searching, you may search by taxa, role of organism, methods, equipment, chemicals, etc. Morris Library also has the older print volumes.
  • 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.
  • PubAg (US Department of Agriculture)
    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  
    This collection of databases includes Web of Science, which may be used to search for cited references as well as topics. It also includes a citation manager (EndNote Web) as well as Journal Citation Reports. Covers 1985-present.

Also Try

For primary resources and searching in multi-disciplinary scholarly databases.

  • Academic Search Complete  
    General database with *some* full text. Dates of coverage vary.
  • AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics
    This database "collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, etc."
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Online Technical Library  
    Contains full text research papers and technical documents published by the ASABE, including their "Transactions of the ASAE/ASABE," Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, Applied Engineering in Agriculture, ASABE Standards, conference proceedings, and annual meeting papers.
  • Annual Reviews  
    This site contains full-text access to many yearly life sciences reviews, including: Plant Biology; Phytopathology; Nutrition; Energy & the Environment; Entomology; Ecology, Evolution & Systematics; Genetics; Economics, etc. Dates of coverage vary.
  • Arabidopsis Information Resource, The (TAIR)  
    The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • BioOne  
    BioOne contains full text bioscience research journals.
  • Business Source Complete  
    A scholarly business database that includes information about agribusiness and the farm industry.
  • Census of Agriculture
    Includes recent and historical data.
  • 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.
  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
    From the site: "The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Their evaluations and 4,500 core titles are detailed in the seven volume series The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, Wallace C. Olsen, series editor."
  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences  
    "A fulltext resource that includes 4,200 peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field. The appendix and glossary include biochemical and taxonomic information, acronyms, synonyms, units and other technical data."
  • Encyclopedia of Parasitology, 3rd edition  
  • 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.
  • Extension & Outreach: University of Illinois
    Contains information by disease, production, and type of plant for field crops (including the Illinois Agronomy Handbook and "The Bulletin" with current news about pest management and crop development in Illinois), fruits and vegetables, turfgrass, and ornamentals.
  • GeoRef (Ovid)  
    GEOREF contains citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and theses, about soils and other geological sciences, with coverage back to 1966.
  • Google Scholar  
    This general search engine includes citations to journal articles and freely available full-text items. Dates of coverage vary. Use the Find it Morris link to find the article in Morris Library's databases. Also contains links to open access documents.
  • JSTOR  
    JSTOR contains full text articles from *older* plant biology, aquatic sciences, biology, ecology, and environmental sciences journals. Dates of coverage vary.
  • MarciveWeb DOCS Government Documents Index  
    Catalog of U.S. Government Publications July 1976 - present.
  • Plant Management Network  
    From the publisher:"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." It includes four peer-reviewed journals (Applied Turfgrass Science, Crop Management, Forage and Grazing Lands, & Plant Health Progress), and other resources, including "Plant Disease Management Reports," an image database, sections on specific crops, etc.
  • SciFinder (Web version login)  
    SciFinder Scholar includes information about chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, pesticides, plant biology, and genetics. Go to this page for registration information. Coverage: mostly 1907-present.
    TOXNET is a group of databases with citations to articles about toxicology, hazardous chemicals, pesticides, and plants from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It includes links to the ALTBIB (animal testing alternatives) and Enviro-Health databases.
  • Turfgrass Information File  
    The Turfgrass Information File contains citation to articles and educational materials. It is a service of the Turfgrass Information Center of Michigan State University Libraries. Dates of coverage vary.

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Search books, journals, government documents, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and music scores.

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Request items from around the world through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If there's a book not in I-Share, we'll find it. If there's an article that says "We don't have this online," we will get it for you. Just sign up for an Interlibrary Loan account (click First-Time User). Request articles through "Request a Photocopy".
  • WorldCat  
    Worldwide catalog of library resources. See if it's in I-Share, SIU, or locate items to request via ILL.



For in-depth arguments (often) not yet published, try these databases of dissertations and theses.

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