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Library resources for Agriculture


Key Agriculture Databases
The following specialist databases cover research in Agriculture related topics:

Produced by the National Agricultural Library,this database indexes journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields.

CAB Abstracts
Available via -Cab Abstracts (CABI Digital Library) OR  CAB Abstracts (EBSCO)
Access to applied life sciences literature, including agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition. International coverage. Covers 1910 up to the present.

FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts (Ebsco)

FSTA is the food science resource, the definitive abstract and index database covering the scientific and technological literature relating to food, drink and nutrition, from farm to fork and beyond. FSTA consists of informative abstracts drawn from over 4,600 serial publications, published in up to 40 languages, spanning from 1969 to the present. The database is updated weekly.

GeoRef (ProQuest) 

GeoRef provides access to the geoscience literature of the world and is the most comprehensive database available in the geosciences. The database contains over 3 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

GreenFILE offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment and is a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles that include content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

PubMed includes the Medline database and in addition also provides access to additional biomedicine web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.  

Multidisciplinary Databases

Web of Science
Web of Science Core Collection provides multidisciplinary content across high impact journals coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It also includes conference proceedings. Coverage to 1900.

Indexes bibliographic resources in the areas of health, life, physical and social sciences. Resources include peer-reviewed journals, open access journals , conference proceedings, trade publication, book series, scientific web pages, and patient records.  Note that it also includes records from EMBASE. Coverage from 2004.


Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Multidisciplinary full-text database, including which indexes journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings across a range of disciplinary areas including Biology, Chemistry , Psycholgy, Pharamceutical Sciences, Science and Technology.


Google Scholar
(With University of Melbourne full text authentication) 
Search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Agribusiness Databases

ABI/INFORM Collection

This database comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. It features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

AgEcon Search Research in Agricultural & Applied Economics

AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including: Working papers Conference papers Journal articles

Business Search Complete (EBSCO)

Business Source Premier is a full text business database, covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a database which covers a broad range of disciplines and provides articles, papers and chapters from various sources. Easy to search using plain text, also offers Advanced Search functionality.
Google Scholar Search Tips

Capital Monitor (LexisNexis) 

​​​​​​Capital Monitor provides legal news, press releases, ministerial announcements and information services from Parliament, Government and the Courts. Up to date Bills Monitors, Acts Proclamations and Assent sections and lists and links to all Acts during the current year are available for Federal and Victorian jurisdictions.

Other book and journal databases

CAB eBooks 
CAB eBooks provides a unique opportunity to access CABI’s prestigious titles in an easy-to-use format. Books are indexed and retrievable as chapters, ensuring that a search of available titles will render the most relevant results. CABI publish ebooks in Agriculture, Animal and veterinary sciences, Environmental sciences, Human health food and nutrition, Leisure and tourism, and Plant sciences.
CSIRO Publishing Journals  
  • Australian content
CSIRO PUBLISHING publishes journals presenting the latest research by leading Australian and overseas scientists and covering a broad range of subjects.
Current Contents Connect (ISI) 
The Current Contents Connect database provides access to the tables of contents and bibliographic data from current issues of the world's leading scholarly research journals and books in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.