Research Databases and Collections

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Researchers, farmers and students with an interest in sustainable agricultural practices can access a wealth of online databases and collections to find relevant research projects and results, current or historic literature, scientific reports, document abstracts, publications, data and more.



AFSIC Highlights

Where to Find Sustainable Agriculture Research Online

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies electronic databases from which SARE grant applicants and other researchers can locate research projects and results.


Research and Literature Databases

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Describes online searchable databases and glossaries related to sustainable or alternative agriculture. Offers a gateway to publications, document abstracts, research project descriptions, directories, data and statistics, information contacts and more.


Where to Find Full- and Partial-text Research Project Reports and Research-based Literature on the Web

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies free online research project databases, agricultural literature databases, directories, search tips and other tools available to international researchers.


carrots planted in soil Organic Roots

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Search Organic Roots, an electronic collection of historic USDA publications related to organic agriculture. Contains almost 800 documents published before 1942 (before synthetic chemicals became widely used) that contain data that are still very pertinent for today's agriculture.


Information from Other Sources

Agricultural Research Service: Research Projects Database

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The Agricultural Research Service's 22 National Programs "serve to bring coordination, communication, and empowerment to the more than 1200 research projects carried out by ARS."


SARE National Database of Projects

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Search for almost 3,000 SARE-funded projects by keyword, title or project number.


Holistic Agriculture Library. Soil and Health Library.

An online collection of historical and recent publications or articles, most available in full-text, on sustainable agriculture. Many titles are out-of-print or hard-to-find.


Current Research Information System

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Provides access to ongoing and recently completed USDA-sponsored research and education projects in agriculture, food and nutrition and forestry.


Organic Eprints

Danish Research Centre for Organic Farming (DARCOF); Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

A searchable archive of online documents about organic agriculture. Submitted resources include scientific papers, books, articles, published or unpublished documents, research project descriptions, Web or online writings, conference papers, theses and more.


Databases Web Resource

USDA. NAL. Water Quality Information Center.

Provides links to online databases that cover topics related to water and agriculture. Contents include bibliographic citations, current research, streamflow data, species information, and chemical and toxicology data and more.