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Soil Science 201

Research Guide for Soil Science 201

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Essential Agriculture Scholarly Databases

You can find scholarly research by searching a large multidisciplinary databases or by a searching smaller, agricultural database.

There are advantages to each database. If I'm really trying to be thorough, I will utilize several databases. 

Note: There may be significant, but not complete, overlap in coverage within these databases.

Best Databases for Finding Agriculture and Food Science Research

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.

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. 

If you are interested in what databases are available to you at WSU, check out this list.

Soil Science Journals

Find Other Resources (Like Data Seta, Extension Resources, Technical Reports, etc.)

There are a lot of different resources that agricultural scholars might need to utilize.

Check out the broader "Get started with ag. research" library guide for links to these many resources. 

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