Links for Agricultural Librarians

General Guides to Agricultural Web Sites

  • Agriculture Online — news and information for producers by publishers of Successful Farming.
  • Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) — a voluntary alliance and partnership of nearly 60 member institutions and organizations working to offer quick and reliable access to quality agricultural information and sources.
  • — useful site for agricultural news, produced by the experts who publishFarm Journal and Beef Today and several other web journals; the separate journals are incorporated into this site.
  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) — a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century.
  • E-answers — hosted by the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), this site provides research-based information on a wide range of Extension subjects, including: agriculture, forestry, fishing, family/consumer issues, lawn and garden, child development, 4-H/youth, environment, public policy, economics, water quality and communities.
  • Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station publications and video tape presentations — links by state to publication catalogs and full-text document, compiled by Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Farmland Information Center — a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust.
  • Holistic Agricultural Library — full text on-line editions of some of the classic books of agriculture.
  • International Agricultural Trade Information — compiled by Diana Farmer. Presented at the USAIN 2005 Conference. Updated October 2011.
  • NewCrop — a great source for information on less common crops by the Center for New Crops and Plant Products at Purdue University.
  • Plant Facts— has merged several digital collections developed at Ohio State University to become an international knowledge bank and multimedia learning center.
  • Web-Agri — produced by Terre-net M├ędia, a French agricultural portal.

Databases on the Web

  • AGRICOLA database of bibliographic records created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators, which contains citations for books, audiovisual materials, and journal articles, and web publications.
  • AGRIS, created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1974, to facilitate information exchange and to bring together world literature dealing with all aspects of agriculture. AGRIS and several other FAO databases covering statistics, nutrition, plants, pests, and early warning systems are available through WAICENT.
  • Current Research Information System (CRIS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry. Projects are conducted or sponsored by USDA research agencies, state agricultural experiment stations, the state land-grant university system, other cooperating state institutions, and participants in USDA's National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.
  • PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
  • Small Farm Center Online Library by University of California references over 2900 documents, with online forms for requesting publications to be delivered by mail or fax.

Libraries and Library-related Sites

  • National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Produces AGRICOLA and a wide variety of information resources useful to producers, consumers, librarians, and teachers.
  • Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is a partnership-based e-learning initiative, facilitated by FAO to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of agricultural information. IMARK consists of a suite of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management.
  • All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources a registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations.
  • Cataloger's Reference Shelf, by TLC (formerly,The Library Corporation),provides an extensive collection of online resources on MARC cataloging, rules for different formats, outlines for Library of Congress classification, and cutter numbers.
  • provides information on domestic and international print and electronic publications including magazines, journals, e-journals, newsletters, and monographs.

Related Organizations

Consult Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) for many topics.

  • USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS), a collaborative project between Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University and several agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contains nearly 2500 reports and datasets covering U.S. and international agriculture and related topics.
  • Agricultural Law
    National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information — includes full-text of federal and state laws relating to agriculture and environment.
  • Aquaculture
    Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) — created through grants from USDA-Extension Service, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program, and Purdue University Libraries.
  • Invasive Species
    National Invasive Species Information Center— gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources, by National Agricultural Library.
  • Plants
    Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database — created by Eileen Herring of University of Hawaii at Manoa, searchable by botanical, Hawaiian, and English names, includes photos and descriptions, habitat, and propagation information.
  • Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses — developed by Mike Haddock of Kansas State University, search by color or flowering season, scientific or common name. Includes photos, descriptions, distribution.
  • Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery — searchable by scientific or common name, includes photos and background information.
  • PLANTS Database — by USDA, searchable by scientific and common name, provides taxonomy and distribution information, often includes photos and further information.
  • Soils
    NRCS Soils Web site — by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver scientifically based soil information. Includes full-text technical manuals, soils surveys , and educational material.
  • Veterinary Science
    Martindale's "Virtual" Veterinary Center deceptively simple in appearance and organization, this site provides an extensive collection of links to publications, clinical education powerpoints and videos, and other sources of information for common and exotic animals, even amphibians and insects.
  • Wildlife
    USGS National Wildlife Health Center includes information about avian flu, chronic wasting disease, and West Nile virus. 
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