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Resources for REC Researchers

Resources for off-campus Research and Extension Center (REC) researchers

Suggested Scholarly Databases

My Top Picks for Scholarly Database for Agriculture Research

You may also want to take a look at the WSU Libraries General Agricultural Research Guide.

Other Useful Scholarly Databases

Syncing Google Scholar and the WSU Library Catalog

You may have been told not to use Google Scholar for your research in the past. The thing is, Google Scholar can be a useful tool - if you use it correctly.

Google Scholar can easily be synced to the WSU Library catalog. When you do this, resources that you find in Google Scholar, that WSU subscribes to, will be fully accessible. This means you get the the full-text of an article by using Google Scholar as a starting point.

If you don't sync the WSU library catalog with Google Scholar your access to research will be severely limited.

Here's the info about how to sync Google Scholar with the WSU Library catalog


A datasset 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. 

  • USDA: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - NASS conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture. Production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers are only a few examples. Also see the USDA Open Data Catalog

Maps & Satellite Images


*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


Satellite Images 

  • Google Satellite Time Lapse - Allows users to look at time lapse satellite images going back, in some instances, thirty-five years. 
  • NASA Worldview - Allows users to create time lapse imagery of geographic locations taken from satellite images. 


Land and Title Records

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Historical Resources

To find info on the history of land use and agriculture (including photographs, maps, publications, and much more), take a look at the history of agriculture library research guide.

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