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This guide is designed to help you find materials available from the Houston Cole Library for research in Agriculture.

JSU Library Subscribed Databases for Agricultural Research (ID required for access):

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Open Sources for Agricultural Research (No ID required)

  • AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access): serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.
  • Farmland Information Center (FIC): a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between th USDA Natural Conversation Service and American Farmland Trust.
  • The Washington State Agricultural Bibliography: bibliographies of journals and books published between 1820 and 1945 on Washington State agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. The bibliographies contain a total of 2,323 entries.
  • AGRIS: International Information Systems for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology: AGRIS is a global public domain Database with 4329720 structured bibliographical records on agricultural science and technology. 77.26% of records are citations from scientific journals. The bibliographic references contain either links to the full text of the publication or additional information retrieved from related Internet resources.
  • The 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. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance.
  • Farm, Field and Fireside Agricultural Newspaper Collection: The collection consists of 21 digitally preserved farm weeklies. Coverage predominantly spans the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.
  • Farm Subsidy Database: the database tracks $256 billion in farm subsidies from commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs and $39 billion in conservation payments paid between 1995 and 2012.
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service: Hosts a number of reports ans statistical databases in economics, agricultural economics, and the Census of Agriculture.
  • PLOS ONE(eISSN-1932-6203): is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication featuring reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.
  • ACCESS Digital Library: Indexes to research journal, magazines and monographs from the American Society of Agronomy.
  • OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook, 2014-2023: Annual assessment of national, regional, and global agricultural commodity.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences: a specialist internet resource that gathers together research, reviews and news on nutrition and the food sciences in an easily searchable database. It covers the whole food chain from the raw ingredients to the physiological and health effects of nutrients. Key subject areas include public health, clinical nutrition, nutrition physiology, food safety, food security, consumer behavior, food science and technology and food product groups such as functional foods.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Full of freely available global information, data, and statistics on food security, fighting hunger and  malnutrition, and sustainable management of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
  • The PLANTS Database: provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services.
  • The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
  • Glossary: Search
  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • Cooperative Extension System
  • FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

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Hanrong Wang
Houston Cole Library, 10th Floor

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama 36265

Tel: ++1-256 782-5250

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Also Contact Me for:

  • to discuss ways the Library collections can support your curriculum and research needs through the acquisition or provision of access to resources;
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  • to obtain reports on library collections and services for program reviews, accreditation reports, grant applicants, etc.;
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  • to obtain additional or individualized research assistance for students and faculty.

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Thursday: 3:30 P.M.-11:00 P.M.

Friday: 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Office Location: 10th Floor, Houston Cole Library

Agriculture: Books, Microforms, and Government Documents

Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress classification. The majority of the agricultural books will be found in the S. Click here for new books that the library recently purchased.

S          Agriculture (General)

SB       Plant culture

SD       Forestry

SF       Animal culture

SH       Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling

SK       Hunting sports

Circulating /Reference Collection

Books available for borrowing by students and faculty members. They are shelved on the stacks on 10th Floor of the library under under Call Number S. Reference books are in-library use only. Special permission may be needed for checking out pint reference books. To view a list of reference books, please click here.

JSU students and employees can use ALLIES cooperative service, which allows them to walk into a participating library and check out materials using a photo ID or to place online requests and/or check out items from any of the ALLIES libraries (Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, and the University of Alabama). JSU library also provides access to electronic books. ID may require for off-campus accessing these e-books.


Agricultural microforms (mainly microfiches and microfilms) are located on 10th floor. They are in-library use only. Microforms can be viewed and printed out by using the microform reader machines (located on 2nd floor).

Government Documents:

Most government documents for agriculture are located on 10th floor under call number S. They are integrated into the regular agricultural collection. Some pamphlets can be found in the Vertical File cabinets on 2nd floor under SuDoc Classification System. For more information on government documents, please click here.

Agriculture: Articles and Databases

Periodical = Serial = a publication that comes out regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) that uses a numbering system that is intended to continue indefinitely. Magazinesjournals and newspapers are all referred to as periodicals or serials. JSU students and faculty can connect to a list of online periodicals here.

Scholarly Journals are academic periodicals that publish on a regular schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.). They offer original scholarship and reviews written by expert scholars. Most include long articles with footnotes and/or bibliographies.  

General magazines have essays, editorials, and news written by journalists for non-experts with photos, cartoons, sidebars, usually sources are not cited. They are good for basic information, news, opinions about public policies, etc.

Databases are collections of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers. Use databases to search hundreds of different publications to find articles on your topic. A list of library databases can be accessed here.