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AGRI 112: Crop Science (Simon)

A guide to agriculture literacy for students enrolled in AGRI 112 Crop Science including helpful resources and search tips.

Agriculture Literacy

Agriculture Literacy

Where can you find accurate and accessible agronomy information? This guide provides links to resources that you can use while you're a student at FHSU (research databases, scholarly sources, ebooks, etc) as well as key agronomy resources (websites, extension publications, etc.) that are accessible to anyone and you'll likely want to remember when you're out in the field. 

Background Research

Background Research

You might want to do some background research in encyclopedias and reference materials to get some background information and develop some ideas for potential topics and keywords. These resources provide generally accepted knowledge about your topic and can help you gain a foundational understanding of it. As you develop your research topic, keep a list of keywords to use when searching databases. Try searching some of the reference resources listed below:

Recommended Databases for Crop Science

Finding Articles from Professional/Scientific Journals: Agriculture Databases

The databases below are specific to the field of agriculture.

  Time-saving Tip: Start with Agricola via Ebscohost and click "Choose Databases" at the top and check the box for "Academic Search Premier" and "General Science Full Text (H. W. Wilson)" and click OK to search three science/interdisciplinary databases at once.

The following websites are listed on the AGRI112 syllabus and are helpful resources for understanding crop science:

Finding Articles from Professional/Scientific Journals: Science Databases

A lot of agriculture research will appear in the general science databases to have a broader impact and reach. 

Finding Articles from Professional/Scientific Journals: Interdisciplinary Databases

Research in agriculture can take on an interdisciplinary approach blending business, other sciences, and/or a legal aspect to your topic. Some of the following databases may introduce a new angle to your topic.

Search

Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.

Learn How to Use the Catalog

This interactive tutorial will walk you through the basic features of the Library Catalog.

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