Masao Masui, a visiting WSU scientist who specialized in asparagus tissue culture, holding a conical flask and examining its contents. (1969) Prosser, Washington. Washington Rural Heritage Collection.
There are many different types of resources that you may need for your research. This can range from maps, datasets, newspapers, patents, and much more. Below is a preliminary list to get you started. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact me.
Newspapers and Magazines
For a full list of newspapers available to WSU affiliates, please read this WSU research guide.
Washington State University Manuscripts and Special Collections (MASC) - MASC has an extensive collection of University and regional publications. Many are online.
Corporate and industry resources may come in the form of trade publications, press releases, and company profiles. Although you may be able to find some of that information within the newspaper database resources provided above, Lexis Uni provides a in-depth resources.
A data-set is the raw data that has been collected by researchers and government institutions. There are countless different types of datasets from countless organizations. Helpful datasets pertaining to these projects may include demographic information, opinion and market surveys, soil and horticulture maps, and so much more.
United States Department of Agriculture Resources (USDA):
Although encyclopedias are typically not peer-reviewed or considered "scholarly resources" they can be a fantastic place to learn background information on your super-plant.
The Descriptions of Fungi and Bacteria are designed for use by plant pathologists and veterinary and medical mycologists. They provide integrated information to allow identification / confirmation of identity of significant species, along with related information on pathology or other economic significance.
This dictionary gives wide coverage on topics including biochemistry, plant physiology, cytology, ecology, genetics, evolution, bio-geography, earth history, and the earth sciences. There is worldwide coverage of taxonomic groups - one-third of the entries are devoted to taxa, from bacteria and fungi to the main groups of flowering and non-flowering plants.
This is a comprehensive guide on raw production technology. It examines the role of engineering in delivery of quality consumer products.
This encyclopedia covers all aspects of pest management and serves as a guide for students, scholars, workers, the public and policy makers.
This encyclopedia covers classic and modern studies in plant biology in conjunction with research, applications, and innovations in crop science.
This encyclopedia provides information on the chemistry, analysis, and evaluation of soils and geography with a focus on agricultural development in the third world emphasizing research on sustainable management of natural resources, soil productivity and environmental quality.
This encyclopedia covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. The articles treat regions, people, ingredients, companies, advertising, historical eras, holidays and festivals, and political, scientific, and economic currents pertinent to American cuisine.
*You can find maps by using the WSU Search It library catalog and limiting your results to display to display just maps. View this image demonstrating how to limit your searches to display just maps.
Land and Title Records
Extension programs have provided a means of reaching farmers, foresters, and homemakers while avoiding the time and hazards involved in travel. A wide range of topics are covered within Extension materials.
Find Historic WSU Extension Resources
You can find historic WSU (and Washington State College) Extension materials in the following locations:
You can find pre-1959 Washington State College (WSC) Extension resources within the library's catalog.
After 1959, WSC became Washington State University. Those Extension resources can also be found within the WSU Library catalog.
Washington State University Digital Extensions Collection - Various Extension publications are compiled within this collection dating back to 1892. The collection is currently being constructed.
Find Contemporary WSU Extension Resources
You can find contemporary WSU Extension publications via the WSU Extensions Publications website.
Additionally, you can find Extension impact reports using this link. An impact report provides assessment and participation data from many Extension programs over the years.
To find info on the history of land use and agriculture (including photographs, maps, publications, and much more), take a look at the historic agriculture and land use research guide.