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Agriculture: Library Resources

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 (log-in required for access):

Video Databases from the Library (log-in required for access)

Open Educational Resources for Agricultural Research (No log-in required)

  • ACCESS Digital Library: Indexes to research journal, magazines and monographs from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America.
  • 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.
  • 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 Subsidy Database: the database tracks $256 billion in farm subsidies from commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs and $39 billion in conservation payments paid since 1995.
  • Farmland Information Center (FIC): a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Conversation Service and American Farmland Trust.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Global information, data, and statistics on food security, fighting hunger and  malnutrition, and sustainable management of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
  • Glossary: Search: A collection of definitions of agricultural terms developed in conjunction with the creation of the NAL Agricultural Thesaurus.
  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Provides taxonomic, conservation status, and distribution information that are facing a high risk of global extinction.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences: Research, reviews and news on nutrition and the food sciences in an easily searchable database. Key subject areas include General Nutrition & Diet, Clinical Nutrition, Food Processing & Technology, Physiology & Animal Models, Food Science; Food Safety & Storage; Food Law & Economics.
  • OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook: Annual assessment of national, regional, and global agricultural commodity.
  • The PLANTS Database: Information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services.
  • 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.
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service: Hosts a number of reports ans statistical databases in economics, agricultural economics, and the Census of Agriculture.
  • 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.
For more general open access resources, please see Open Educational Resources (OER) page.

Professor, Law/Technology Librarian

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Hanrong Wang
10th Floor
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Rd N
Jacksonville, AL 36265

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;
  • to answer questions about library research materials, tool, services, policies, or procedures;
  • to obtain reports on library collections and services for program reviews, accreditation reports, grant applicants, etc.;
  • to schedule research instruction or support sessions tailored specifically for your course topic or project;
  • to obtain additional or individualized research assistance for students and faculty.

Normal Working Hours

Fall, Spring, May & Summer Sessions :

Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

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: Library Resources

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 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.

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.

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