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Organic Production / Organic Food: Automated Database Searches


Compiled by:
Rebecca Thompson
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Information Research Services Branch
National Agricultural Library
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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March 2007, reviewed May 2016

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Database and Internet Searches

Conduct automated, real-time, searches to locate current resources on organic agriculture. Select a search option below to access the designated Web site or database. A search of selected terms related to sustainable agriculture will find and display Web sites, books, articles, information resources, subject experts, educational opportunities and more. Search strategies differ across online sources. Database descriptions are included below.

 

NAL AGRICOLA Database

 

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines. [Read more about AGRICOLA.]

Search for organic agriculture topics in the AGRICOLA Book Catalog or Article Citations. Articles include journal articles, reports, book chapters, and reprints. Books include books, serials, audiovisuals, etc.

 Search for books on organic crop production.

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 

Search for articles or books on organic livestock production.

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 

Search for articles or books on organic certification.

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 

Search for articles or books on organic handling/processing.

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 

Search for articles or books on organic marketing.

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 

Search for articles or books on organic gardening.

 

Articles Books
articles, after 2010 books, after 2010
articles, 2000-2009 books, 2000-2009
articles, 1990-1999 books, 1990-1999
articles, 1980-1989 books, 1980-1989
articles, before 1980 books, before 1980

 
Tip:To browse the NAL Catalog for other terms, go to http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/. Under the Books or the Articles search section, select “Basic Search ,” select “Subject Browse,” enter a subject term in the box labeled “Find” and then select “Search.”


 

Search USDA and the Web for Information on Organic Agriculture

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA's main in-house research agency. ARS research develops solutions to a wide range of problems related to food and agriculture. Select a linked word to find USDA or other government resources, search the ARS Manuscripts Database (TEKTRAN), and read recent news posts, or search the Internet for information on organic production. [Note: Use the Advanced ARS Search feature to find resources published at a specific ARS location.]

The Current Research Information System (CRIS)

The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.

To conduct a keyword search in the TITLE or DESCRIPTOR fields, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the following search strategies:
    TI,DE=organic ADJ farming OR TI,DE=organic ADJ agriculture
  2. Access the CRIS database.
  3. Select Professional Search.
  4. Select the Edit button beside Search Number S1.
  5. Paste the search strategy copied in Step 1 into the search box.
  6. Select the OK button.
  7. Select the Display button to view the results.
  8. Optional: Select the Change Format button to choose a different display format or to customize your format using selected data fields.

Web site and Database Descriptions

AGRICOLA Database

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access), the National Agricultural Library (NAL) Catalog, is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by NAL and its cooperators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines. [Learn about AGRICOLA.]
http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/

ARS Web Site

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA's main in-house research agency. ARS research develops solutions to a wide range of problems related to food and agriculture. Locate resources by specific ARS location using the ARS Advanced Search feature.
Advanced Search

USDA TEKTRAN

TEKTRAN summaries on the Internet are "snapshots in time" -- published or soon-to-be-published articles -- of recent research results from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA's chief scientific research agency.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/services/TekTran.htm

USDA Web Portal

The United States Department of Agriculture's main Web site links to department and agency Web sites, publications, news releases, subject specialists and experts, policy documents, Federal Register notices, research papers, educational materials, fact sheets and more.
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/

USA.gov

The United States government's official Web portal provides access to U.S. government information, services and resources.
https://www.usa.gov/

Search Tips: Helpful Keywords and Phrases

The tips below will help you create your own search strategies to conduct literature searches.