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:
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.
A lot of agriculture research will appear in the general science databases to have a broader impact and reach.
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.
This interactive tutorial will walk you through the basic features of the Library Catalog.
Research databases contain mainly professional/scientific journals. Some databases may also contain newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, and other publications. Whether you're searching in the library catalog or in a research database from the library website, you'll often find a filter on the left or right sidebar to limit your results by publication type.
Most professional/scientific journals go through a rigorous editorial process called peer-review. Look at the slideshow below for hints and ways to identify whether your article has gone through that process: