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A Library Research Guide for AS180

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David Luftig
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Essential Databases to Find Research

You can find scholarly research by searching a large multidisciplinary databases or by a searching smaller agricultural-specific database. There are advantages to each database. If I'm really trying to be thorough, I will utilize several databases. There may be significant, but not complete, overlap in coverage within these databases.

There are many databases available through WSU. If you are interested in what databases are available to you, check out this comprehensive list.

Below are my top picks for finding resources for your AS 180 class.


General (multidisciplinary) databases

The Washington State University Library Catalog (Search It) locates pretty much everything you'd hope to find on a subject. This includes journal articles, books, newspapers, multimedia, extension resources, archival materials, etc. You will get the most search results using Search It.

Academic Search Complete - Includes full text for 1800 publications as well as images, for nearly every academic field of study. Academic Search Complete also includes many newspapers and trade publications.


Science & Agriculture (disciplinary) Databases

Web of Science is a mostly STEM database. Although it will return less search results than Search It, they will typically be more scholarly. Web of Science has a terrific interface which allows the user to easily find useful research based on articles they have already found.

AGRICOLA is an agricultural sciences scholarly database. This database will return less search results than the previous two databases, but those results will more pertinent to your research. AGRICOLA is maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. 

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