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Welcome to Database of the Week, a feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics.  These weekly snapshots will give you basic information about our most relevant and beneficial online resources.

This Week’s Featured Database:  AGRICOLA, from the National Agricultural Library.

Link: www.lib.purdue.edu/libraries/mgmt, under Collections (on the left), click on the List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: AGRICOLA gives access to the material in the National Agricultural Library.

Start with this hint:  Begin a basic search by entering a keyword into the search field, then narrow the results with related keywords, or by using one of the limits offered below the search field.   You can select language, type of publication, and years of publication.  AGRICOLA has few full text articles but it presents a good opportunity to try out the FIND IT at Purdue Libraries  service.  If the title you want is available in another database, FIND IT at Purdue Libraries will do the search and show you where it is.  See here for a short video tutorial on the basics of searching AGRICOLA.

Why you should know this database:  AGRICOLA  topics cover a wide range including agricultural regulations, training, animal science, nutrition, natural resources management, environmental pollution, food science, forestry, energy, and others.  AGRICOLA coverage goes back to 1970.

How this database can be integrated into the curriculum: The AGRICOLA list of results includes an option called Find Similar.  The filters and other tools simplify  the search process.

Cost: Paid annually by Purdue University Libraries.


Database of the Week comes to you from the Management & Economics Library (MEL). Our intent is to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know.  If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived  at http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/dbow .  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@PurdueLibraries).

If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.