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Sustainable Agriculture Automated Database Searches
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Compiled by:
Rebecca Thompson
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

July 2009
slightly revised April 2013

This resource is part of our Sustainable Agriculture: Information Access Tools tutorial which identifies outstanding sources that address sustainable agriculture, research and information sources, contacts and experts, research funding sources, educational and career opportunities, and upcoming events.

Database and Internet Searches

Conduct automated, real-time, searches to locate current resources on this topic. When you select one of the automated search strategies below, your browser will access the designated Web site or database, perform a search of that site using selected subject terms, and display the search results. Search strategies differ across online sources. Contact AFSIC about specific search strategies employed. For additional databases, see Where to Find Sustainable Agriculture Research Online or AFSIC's directory of Searchable Sites and Databases.

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NAL AGRICOLA Database

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access), the NAL Catalog, 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. [Learn about AGRICOLA.]

Books Citations Search AGRICOLA for books, serials, audiovisuals, etc.
Before 1990 |  1990-1994 |  1995-1999 |  2000-2004 |  2005-2009
Articles Citations Search AGRICOLA for journal articles, reports, book chapters, reprints, etc.
Before 1990 |  1990-1994 |  1995-1999 |  2000-2004 |  2005-2009
Browse AGRICOLA by subject heading. Browse AGRICOLA for “Sustainable Agriculture.”
Books |  Articles
Tip:To browse for other terms, go to http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/. Under the NAL Catalog or the Articles Database column, select “Basic Search ,” select “Subject Browse,” enter a subject term in the box labeled “Find” and then select “Search.”
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Search the Web for Information on Sustainable 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. To find resources by specific ARS locations, use the ARS Advanced Search feature in addition to the links provided below. The USA.gov web portal that retrieves content from U.S. Federal and State government Web sites.

Search for "Sustainable Agriculture" at:

The USDA Web portal search feature retrieves content from all USDA agency and office sites. [Note: The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA main in-house research agency. ARS research develops solutions to a wide range of problems related to food and agriculture. Use the ARS Advanced Search feature to locate resources by specific ARS location.]
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The Current Research Information System (CRIS)

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 strategy:
    TI,DE=sustainable agriculture
  2. Access the CRIS database.
    (Note: Following this link will open a new browser window.)
  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.
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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.
http://www.ars.usda.gov/search/advanced.htm

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.
http://www.usa.gov/

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Search Tips

The tips below will help you create your own search strategies for conducting literature searches.

Recommended Keywords and Phrases

  • (sustainable agriculture) or
    (agricultural sustainability) or
    (regenerative agriculture) or
    (sustainable farm*) or
    (sustainable production)

  • The NAL Agricultural Thesaurus is an online vocabulary look-up tool for agricultural and biological terms. The Thesaurus is organized to help find terms in a specific discipline or subject area. Automated searches are featured.
  • Refine your search with related keywords and phrases (see also Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms, or check the AGROVOC multilingual agricultural thesaurus).

Tips for Efficient Searching

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Last Modified: Apr 16, 2013  
 
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