Agriculture Journal Literature Indexed in Life Sciences Databases

Theme: All Topics


  • Jodee L. Kawasaki



A variety of life sciences databases are available for libraries to purchase and for users to search. The purpose of this study was to discover which of these databases cover the agricultural journal literature for comprehensive searching and results. I compared the seven life sciences databases against the primary agriculture journals. The comparison results were mixed as to the databases' subject coverage. CAB Abstracts, an agricultural information database, had the best results; however, other databases with specific agriculture subject coverage were interspersed among more general life sciences databases when the total results were compared. The complete list in order from the most comprehensive coverage to the least coverage is CAB Abstracts, Web of Science, AGRIS, BIOSIS, Agricola, CSA Life Sciences, and Biological & Agricultural Index.


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Biological Abstracts, Inc. 2003. BIOSIS Serial Sources Philadelphia, PA: BIOSIS.

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Hutchinson, B. & Greider, A. 2002. Using the Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Literature New York, NY: Marcel Dekker.

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How to Cite

Kawasaki, J. L. (2004). Agriculture Journal Literature Indexed in Life Sciences Databases: Theme: All Topics. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (40).



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