Capstone projects require many different types of resources dependent upon what the project actually is. Your project may require you to collect scholarly research, patents, industry information, government data, or some other type of resource.
Below, I have compiled a list of general resources that you may find helpful.
I have also created individual sections for each group with more project specific resources.
If you need further assistance You can email me. I'm happy to help!
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 Agricultural 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 scholarly database. This database will return less search results than the previous two databases, but those results will all be ag. specific. Agricola is maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library.
If you are interested in what other databases are available to you at WSU, check out this list.
Extension programs were originally created to provide a means of land-grant university researchers to share resources with farmers, foresters, and homemakers spread across the state (while avoiding the time and hazards involved in travel). A wide range of topics are covered within Extension materials.
Find Contemporary WSU Extension Resources
You can find contemporary WSU Extension publications via the WSU Extensions Publications website.
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.
Links to External (Non-WSU) 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 project is the result of 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 (archive.org) - 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
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.
Find Business and Market Information
You may find it necessary to understand a company or a market. For more in-depth information regarding this sort of research, take a look at the Company Research Library Guide.
Newspaper and Trade Publications
See also WSU News and Newspaper Research Guide.
Patents are protected rights which has been granted by a sovereign state (or sometimes as intergovernmental organization). Such rights are granted to an inventor and for a limited duration. Patents can often provide detailed information regarding an invention.