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Soil Sci 531

A library research guide to assist you with your Soil Sci 531 research

Find Industry Info, Corporate Data, Trade Publications, & Court Cases

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. 

Datasets & Government Reports

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):

  • USDA: Washington Agricultural Statistics Service - Provides various data sets and statistics as part of the USDA Northwest Regional Field Office.
  • USDA Web Soil Survey - The WSS provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.

Other Resources:

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

Soil Surveys

Soil Surveys

Newspapers & Magazines

Newspapers and Magazines

For a full list of newspapers available to WSU affiliates, please read this WSU research guide. 

See also:

Washington State University Manuscripts and Special Collections (MASC) - MASC has an extensive collection of University and regional publications. Many are online.  

Find WSU Extension Resources

The WSU Libraries' search catalog will locate all available extension documents (e.g. historic, contemporary, digital, and hard copy).

To locate these documents, the catalog pulls from Research Exchange (the institutional repository at WSU), WSU Extension Publications (current publications), and the WSU Manuscripts & Special Collections (historic materials).

Using the WSU Libraries' catalog to find WSU/WSC Extension Resources

There are several strategies that you can use to find extension materials within the Libraries' catalog.

For example, you can:

- Search for the name of an Extension document or bulletin.

- Create a search using WSU/WSC Extensions as the author

- Do a keyword search and then limit your results within the Author/Creator field to display just Extension resources. This image provides more information on that.

Find External Extension Resources

You can also locate non-WSU extension research within the WSU Libraries' Catalog.

There are many ways to do this. For example, you can:

- Search for the name of an Extension document or bulletin.

- Create a search using the extension at the author/creator. For example, here's a search using Oregon State Extension Service as the author/creator.

- Do a keyword search and then limit your results within the Author/Creator field to display just Extension resources. You can then choose which extension service you wish to view. This image provides more information on how to do that.

Links to External Extension Resources

Survey of Digitized Historic State Agricultural Publications — This ongoing project provides an inventory of digitized state agricultural publications via a Google spreadsheet. Links to publication are provided for each state and U.S. territory (listed on separate tabs). Documents are both historic and contemporary. This ongoing project was created by an AgNIC Working Group.

HathiTrust Digital Library - HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. HathiTrust provides historic extension resources from multiple institutions. 

The Internet Archive - Provides resources for many state and Federal extension services.

Journal of Extension (JOE) - Established in 1963, the JOE is the flagship journal for Extension professionals. As a refereed journal, JOE expands and updates research for U.S. Extension professionals and other outreach educators to improve their effectiveness and serves as a forum for emerging and contemporary issues affecting U.S. Extension education 


Find Other Historic Agricultural Resources

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.

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