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S 494.3 Breeding. Germplasm Resources

GENRES: Information System on Genetic Resources

Summary:
The GENRES: Information System on Genetic Resources "...provides information about national, european and international activities on conservation and sustainable utilization of genetic resources for food, agriculture and forestry." It "...refers... to passport, identification and evaluation data as well as to information about taxonomy, utilization and endangering of different species. Furthermore data about institutions, literature, projects and other services are available." It "... connects the centralized meta, factual and evaluated data on genetic resources in Germany at the IGR [Information Center for Genetic Resources] with the decentralized data existing in institutions which are involved in GENRES."
The database's subject index features six categories: (1) plant genetic resources; (2) forest genetic resources; (3) animal genetic resources; (4) microbial genetic resources; (5) biological diversity; and (6) news. Users select any of the first four categories to activate the search. The screen then displays listings showing resource information available in three locations: Germany, other nations, and international networks. Users who choose to view resources within Germany should know that texts will be displayed only in German. Upon viewing a region's resource listings, users need only to select a category of interest to display the contents.
If viewing resources within Germany, legends for tables, abbreviations, and indices will be provided for the IGR data to be shown. If viewing any other nation's holdings, a listing of connecting WWW links will be displayed. Choosing any of these titles will activate the link to that database. The GENRES site also provides access to a companion textual version in German and the GENRES homepage.
The database is maintained by the Information Center for Genetic Resources (IGR) at the Center for Agricultural Documentation and Information (ZADI); Bonn, Germany.
To Search:
Select category from subject index. Then select region of resource data. Scroll to view contents listings, which will reflect either data from the IGR (Information Center for Genetic Resources) or a listing of WWW links to databases.

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

Summary:
"The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)...provides germplasm information about plants, animals, microbes and invertebrates within the National Genetic Resources Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service." Within this web service are four systems: (1) the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS); (2) National Animal Germplasm (including aquatics); (3) National Microbial Germplasm; and (4) the National Invertebrate Genetic Resources Program (NIGRP). Of the four, only the NPGS is fully operational; the animal and microbial systems are under development, and the invertebrate system only offers links to databases. Regardless of organism focus, each system seeks to preserve, maintain, acquire, document, distribute, and evaluate its respective germplasm in the efforts to promote genetic diversity.
Upon accessing the site, users must select a subject (focal) germplasm database. A table of contents is displayed once access is gained. It is urged that users choose to read the general information portion of the system to view items within record contents, which vary widely among the four systems. Each germplasm system has its own priorities, in terms of revealing information and data. Users must follow screen commands to access the data of their choice.
The network is maintained by the Database Management Unit of the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Plant Sciences Institute; Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To Search:
Select one of the four database sytems from main menu. Then select topic of interest from contents listing. Recommended viewing includes general information contents listing. Animal and microbial databases are under construction, so access is limited in these areas.

GRIN Taxonomy

Summary:
The GRIN Taxonomy site provides the "...taxonomic data [of] the structure and nomenclature for the accessions of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS). Many plants (35,000 taxa, 13,000 genera) are included in GRIN taxonomy, especially economic plants." Within its main menu, users have two search methods are their disposal: general queries and specialized queries. Each search method is designed to access the NPGS germplasm system and other associations (via electronic links) to provide thorough data on the requested plant.
By selecting a form-based query under the general search method, users will find a listing of search fields: (1) genus or species name; (2) family name; (3) common name; and (4) distribution area (country and state). Additional fields will only allow searches through the the GRIN system, if requested. The result of this search provides a list of the plant's scientific names and its complete taxonomic data. Non-form, general searches require only a keyword for activation. Suggestions are provided on possible field entries. Once again, submission of the keyword(s) intitiates the search.
Specialized queries of GRIN taxonomy come in several forms. A first will search solely for plants with an economic use, via a keyword entry field. Family and generic names access a specialized search form, as does a plant's symbol. A link with the ISTA (International Seed Testing Association) is triggered through a keyword search. A listing of noxious weeds, by scientific name, is accessible, as is a category devoted to rare plants, opened through a keyword field. In addition to all of these unique query methods, FTP connections enable users to download GRIN genetic data, via onscreen commands within this area of the main menu.
Electronic links have been provided to other taxonomic databases: the Harvard Gray Herbarium Index of New World PLants; ING (Index nominum genericorum); PLANTS (Database of North American Plants); Flora of North America; BONAP (Biota of North America Program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden); and other botany related WWW sites. The site is maintained by the Agricultural Research Service; USDA, and the Database Management Unit of the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Plant Sciences Institute, USDA.
To Search:
Select query method of choice from main menu. Submit keywords to activate search and to view results.

RAFI Communique

Summary:
The RAFI Communique is a bimonthly publication of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), which is an "...international non-governmental organi[z]ation...[and] is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies. RAFI is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity -- especially in agriculture -- and about the impact of intellectual property rights on agriculture and world food security."
The site is sponsored by the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI); Ottawa, Canada; and Pittsboro, North Carolina.
To Search:
Select article of interest from main page of journal; scroll to view rest of issues contents.

RAFI Occasional Papers

Summary:
The RAFI Occasional Papers are a publication of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), an "...international non-governmental organi[z]ation...[which] is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies. RAFI is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity -- especially in agriculture -- and about the impact of intellectual property rights on agriculture and world food security."
The RAFI Occasional Papers are published "...irregularly to disseminate RAFI research and work-in-progress. New titles are announced in the RAFI Communique." All of the texts are in PDF format and require the use of a freeware reader. Users who need such software or who wish to order paper copies of the texts will find links within the site's page for these actions.
The papers are listed chronologically, by volume and issue number (e.g. Vol.1, Issue 1; Vol.1, Issue 2, etc.). Individual records of issues contain: (1) the volume and issue numbers; (2) title of the paper; (3) date of paper's publication; and (4) size of the document (for downloading purposes). Titles are direct links to their respective full texts. Users should scroll to view the paper's contents.
The site is sponsored by the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI); Ottawa, Canada; and Pittsboro, North Carolina.
To Search:
Select paper title from listings; title is direct link to entire document contents. Applicable software required to view full texts.

World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources

Summary:
World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources is a database which has been "...implemented from several questionnaires sent to [participating] countries and submitted to [the] FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations]." The site serves as the database search engine for the FAO Plant Genetic Resources Specialized Information System and is a part of the FAO Plant Genetic Resources division and of WIEWS.
Within the site's main page, users have five query options: (1) search by institute; (2) search by genebank; (3) search by species; (4) search by contact people; and (5) search by crop activities. Within this area, the species division lists twenty species available for inquiry. In all cases, after selecting a query method, the user the will find a query page offering various fields for specifying searches. Categories of fields will differ among the search methods, and the following are featured field groups: (1) region and country names; (2) institute code; (3) institute name; (4) institute designation (international, CGIAR, regional, governmental, private sector, autonomous, and NGO); and (5) capacity, material, or crop specific fields.
Users should select applicable search fields within a given query page; matching results will document and describe noted search fields and provide contact information for the institution. At the bottom of the site's main page are links for searching help and the WIES homepage.
The site is maintained by the Plant Genetic Resources Specialized Information System; Plant Genetic Resources division, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Select query method from site's main page; fill in applicable search fields. Scroll to view matching results.

S 494.5.A39 Agricultural Literature

agAccess: Agricultural Clearinghouse

Summary:
This directory provides a compilation of international and American agricultural information sources in the areas of research, publications, and organizations.
Foreign sources provide information on USDA international services and agricultural sites abroad. Access to a collection of WWW and Gopher links spanning twenty-three countries is available, as well as information on globally recognized agricultural organizations.
Within the United States, access to the National Agricultural Library (and its information centers), the USDA (and its Internet sites) is detailed. University-level listings specify bibliographic sources, upcoming agricultural events, and various agricultural organizations.
A feature of the directory provides sources for individuals on organic and urban agriculture. Search tools and online guides' sites are listed. Job listings, crop reports, market information sites, and sources of weather information comprise featured services.
To Search:
Select information source from the table of contents, or browse through directory.

AGINFO - Agricultural Information Sources

Summary:
AGINFO-- Agricultural Information Sources is a service of the Plant Industry Branch of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing. The site is a "..series of pages [which] contains 272 points directly to agricultural information sources worldwide." Subjects within the site are arranged within general topics, with the number of WWW links displayed in parentheses. At the top of the site's main page is a keyword field, allowing users to search through this method. The second method involves selecting a topic of interest and scanning through resulting listings.
Topics within the site are divided among three main groups: (1) agricultural organizations; 92) large agricultural information sources and/or agricultural pointer pages; and (3) agricultural information by topic. Within the first group, the following are subdivisions, with their own selected links: (1) agricultural and professional societies; (2) agricultural colleges and university departments; (3) extension services and government pages; (4) research and other institutes; and (5) other agriculture organizations. The second group, "Large agricultural information sources," contains the following sub-headings: (1) WWW sites; and (2) Gopher sites.
The last subject area, features related topics, offered in terms of agriculture: (1) economics; (2) engineering; (3) entomology and bee keeping; (4) plant pathology; (5) publications; (6) animal sciences; (7) biotechnology; (8) marketing information; (9) plant science; (10) soil science and water resources; (11) sustainable/alternative agriculture; and (12) veterinary medicine. For each of the topic divisions, users need only select items of interest from the site's main page. A listing of WWW links within this field then appears; titles of links are direct access to the WWW and their respective sites.
The site maintained by the Plant Industry Branch; Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing; Truro, Nova Scotia.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from site's main page; then select subject(s) of interest from topic divisions page. All titles are direct links to the WWW.

AgriGator: Agricultural and Related Information Site Index

Summary:
This resource is the WWW home page of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Computer Network (ICON), located at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The site is provided to interested individuals as a resource for the activities of the Institute.
The document allows a user to access several subject links to the Internet, all of which are designed to promote agricultural information. Available is a worldwide agricultural site, linking the user to a wide collection of local and international sources. An agricultural conference list site is provided, as are links to environmental organizations on the WWW. Weather reports can also be accessed through the site.
A special feature of the source is its emphasis upon biotechnological research, allowing the user to access WWW sites with this focus. The Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnological Research is located on the university's campus, and the site features links to similiar research facilities.
To Search:
Select information source from listed topic areas. Then browse through directory and select particular WWW sites of interest.

AgriWeb Canada: Directory of Canadian Agricultural and Agri-Food Resources

Summary:
This national directory provides" remote access to Canadian agriculture and agri-food information resources on the Internet and other electronic sites in Canada." A pilot project of the Canadian Department of Agriculture and Ag-Food Canada, Agri-Web offers an additional directory of Canadian agricultural sources through ACEIS, the electronic information service of its respective department.
Alphabetical listings of both linked WWW resources and unlinked sources ("BBS, listserv, Usenet, library catalogues, electronic publications") are constantly updated. Special areas are denoted for new files. An archive of past "new sites" for the collection. Site entries are intended to provide "some evaluative description of the information resources listed." A specific notation mentions that the site is designed to target " the academic c makers in the federal and provincial governments, librarians and other information and communication professionals, farmers and farm organizations, agri-food business, and the general public."
A special feature of the site is accessibility to bilingual sites, which are identified for the user.
Agri-Web Canada is maintained by a team of librarians and information professionals with the Canadian Agricultural Library.
To Search:
Browse through the table of contents and select particular area of interest. Sites may be accessed by keyword, geographic location, subject, or type of organization.

Agronomic Links Across the Globe

Summary:
Maintained by Purdue University, this directory is a collection of WWW sites devoted to crop, soil, and environmental issues. Links to national sites (spanning American coverage of issues), state-based sites, and international sites are provided. American perspective (national) sites are listed according to user interest and subject areas. Resources, agricultural research interests (both noncommercial and commercial), and environmental organizations can be accessed. Users can find information on agricultural trade groups, farm publications, professional societies, as well as USDA agencies.
State-level listings are systemized alphabetically, providing organizations and information sources within their respective areas. Likewise, international listings offer information centers, as well as organizations with global interest in agriculture.
A special feature of the site provides users with access to the Purdue University Agronomy department homepage and online service. Farmers within Indiana and eastern corngrowing areas are urged to inspect the CornGrowers Handbook, also accessible through the site.
The directory is maintained by the Agronomy Department of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from opening menu. Within national listings, select subject area or interest. Within state or international directories,choose location of interest or scan through entries.

AgWeb

Summary:
A service of Ceres Online, AgWeb is a gateway to over 2500 agriculture related WWW cites housed within the AgWeb database.
The site is maintained by the CERES Corporation.
To Search:
Users can submit a keyword in the initial menu to activate the search. Multiple keywords can be submitted. For advanced searches, entry fields allow for specification in categories, sub-categorization, and commodity areas.

Current Agricultural Research Information System (English)

Summary:
The Current Agricultural Information System (English) (CARIS) is a database maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and its library. This site serves as the search engine for the database. Users will find that links allow conversion of the text to French and Spanish.
Within the site's main page are fields for specifying searches within the CARIS database. Users can choose from: (1) project title(s); (2) AGROVOC descriptors; (3) country (English); (4) year of information; (5) global search; (6) objectives; (7) categories; (8) local descriptors; (9) institutions; (10) researchers; (11) specialities; (12) exchange language; and (13) local record number. Once choices have been made in the fields, the search is activated. Matching results will be a list of documents that conform to the specified criteria. Titles of documents are direct links to viewing the full texts.
Aside from the search engine fields, the site's main page offers links to a help area, which describes the operation of the BASIS Webserver search form (used within the site) and details the meanings of provided search fields. If the main page's search fields are not active upon access, the user can initiate the fields by selecting the "ABC terms" opening link.
The site is maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Fill in desired search fields. From resulting list of matching documents, titles are direct links to viewing full texts.

USDA Research Database (CRIS)

Summary:
The USDA Research Database (CRIS) "...contains the information on ongoing and recently completed projects sponsored and conducted primarily within the USDA and State university research system. Some 30,000 project summaries, including latest progress reports and lists of recent publications coming out of the research, are maintained in the file on an ongoing basis." At the top of the database's main page are seven major links of interest, all allowing for specified searches of the database.
"Help using the database" offers hints for searching and explanations of search terms. "Search all USDA research" offers the site's query page model, featuring fields for: project number; dates (starting and ending times); investigator; institution; state; research title; and keywords. This link searches all areas of the database. "Search USDA research at selected sites" displays an alphabetical list of institutions, noted with their locations. Selecting an institution then displays the site's query page (noted above) ; searches will be confined solely to that institution. "The Ag research Service -- the USDA'in house' research" link displays the model query page, searches research conducted inside the USDA headquarters. "Search USDA research in specific states" allows users to select a state from a U.S. map; the displayed query page then confines its search solely to that area.
"Search the inventory of Canadian Agri-Food Research (ICAR)" displays the USDA model query page, searches only the ICAR database. "Search the USDA research in foreign countries" opens an alphabetical listing of nations; selecting a location then displays the model query page, and all searches are confined solely to that area. Resulting records from searches are project titles, in a list format. Selecting a title then opens the final record: accession number; agency/service; project number; performing institution; investigator(s); project title; duration (dates); sub class; objectives; approach; keywords; progress (summary); and relevance.
At the bottom of the site are link to other USDA research in the fields of: nutrition; biochemistry and biophysics; molecular biology; immunology; microbiology; parisitology; virology; pharmacology; engineering; and chemistry. The site is sponsored by the USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Select search method from site's main page. Fill in applicable information within query page. Select project title from displayed list to view final records.

S 494.5.A45 Agroforestry

Agroforestry Systems

Summary:
Agroforestry Systems, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are " derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

S 494.5.A65 Alternative Agriculture. Appropriate Technology

Alternative Crops
Summary:
Alternative Crops, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliographic system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...."
Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

Alternative Farming Systems: Economic Aspects

Summary:
Alternative Farming Systems: Economic Aspects, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliographic system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...."
Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, within the USDA National Agricultural Library, located in Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.


Community Supported Agriculture

Summary:
"Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a new idea in farming, one that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the United States from Europe in the mid-1980s....In basic terms, CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production." This site is an annotated bibliography and resource guide to a "... selection of writings that document the CSA movement in the U.S. Most of these publications are contained in the collections of the National Agricultural Library (NAL), as indicated by an NAL call number." The compilers also mention that "...Sources are offered, when known, for some publications that are not owned by NAL. Additional resources for information about CSAs are also included in this bibliography."
The bibliography's listings are alphabetically organized, reflecting journals, newspapers, and books. For both journals and newpapers, the following data is provided: author's name; title of work; source (title, as well as issue number); date of article's issue; and a brief description of content. Listings for books reveal the following information: NAL call number; title; author; location and name of publisher; date of publication; number of pages; and a brief description of the book's content.
A special feature of the guide is found after the bibliography entries. Here, users will find additional information on: CSA periodicals, CSA organizations, videos, conferences, and additional contacts.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the National Agricultural Library, a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through bibliography listings. Additional CSA sources included after bibliography entries.

Periodicals Pertaining to Alternative Farming Systems

Summary:
Periodicals Pertaining to Alternative Farming Systems is a site sponsored by the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center of the National Agricultural Library of the USDA. "The following journals and newsletters, listed for...information, frequently contain articles relating to alternative farming systems. Some journals cover organic farming, some deal with general or specific aspects of sustainable agriculture, and some are broad-based agriculture periodicals." To view copies of the listed publications, users should contact their local public or university library. Information herein, gathered from several sources, is subject to change. For subscriptions and information, contact the publication, via address information presented in the listing.
Titles of publications are listed alphabetically; users should scroll to view contents of the site. For each periodical presented in the site, the following information is given: (1) title, as indexed selectively in AGRICOLA; (2) title, as indexed cover-to-cover in AGRICOLA; (3) subscription address; (4) telephone and fax numbers; (5) NAL call number (if applicable); (6) ISSN number; and (7) frequency of publication.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates, the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through site's listings.

Societal Impacts of Adoption of Alternative Agricultural Practices

Summary:
Societal Impacts of Adoption of Alternative Agricultural Practices, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the national Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

S 494.5.B563 Biotechnology

Ag Biotechnology Patents and New Technologies

Summary:
Ag Biotechnology Patents and New Technologies is a directory for information regarding biotechnology patents issued within the United States. The site is a gateway to accessing patent records, databases, publications, bibliographies, and other available WWW patent sources outside the United States.
The directory's main menu features these topics : full text biotech patents (for the years 1994 and 1995 only); recent biotech patent titles; detailed search instructions and a keyword entry area; USDA technology sources; WWW search tools for patents; and miscellaneous patent resources. Upon selecting the first category, users will find a comprehensive listing of all patent subjects for that calendar year; the subject entry then gives access to the full record. Detailed search instructions discuss the WAIS database, Boolean operators, fielded searches, and relevance ranking. Regional research centers and the TEKTRAN Database are part of the USDA technology category. Patent searches are also possible through the USPTO archives, the CNIDR database, and other American patent databases. Outside the United States, electronic links are given for the European Patent Office, PATSCAN, and other sources.
Before attempting a patent search, the user is recommended to read the detailed search instructions provided through the main menu. Upon choosing to do a patent search, the user need only to submit keywords to activate the database.
The site is maintained by the Biotechnology Information Center (BIC); National Agricultural Library, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
To Search:
Select category of interest from main listings. Follow onscreen links to reveal desired information. Detailed search instructions for patent database are provided; database activated through keyword search.

Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Annotated Dictionary

Summary:
Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Annotated Dictionary is a division of the resources section of the WWW site, AgBiotech Online, a division of the National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP) and Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB), both of which provide "...information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety."
The dictionary, written by Susan A. Hagedorn, is a compilation of terms related to agricultural and environmental biotechnology. Users should scroll to view site contents; all listings are alpahabetical, with each term featuring a detailed definition. At the bottom of the site is a link to the AgBiotech Online homepage.
The site is sponsored by Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) and the National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP); Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, Virginia.
To Search:
Scroll to view site contents.

Companies in Agbiotech

Summary:
This directory is provided as a service of AgBiotech Online, a division of the Information Systems for Biotechnology WWW site, sponsored by the USDA and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Companies listed here work within the fields of biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety.
Within the Companies in AgBiotech directory, categories are provided to aid the user in searching. They are: plant agriculture, animal agriculture, environment, food production, aquaculture, biomass conversion, energy, and veterinary. Searches span all fifty states and produce alphabetically listed entries with the following data: (1) company name; (2) business address (including phone and fax numbers); (3) number of employees; (4) name of company president; (5) products in development; (6) products presently marketed; and (7) field of involvement.
The site is maintained by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
To Search:
Searches available by category and/or by state. Select item in either or both fields. Submit search to view possible matches.

ISB News Report Articles

Summary:
ISB News Report is a directory to the past and current issues of the ISB News Report, a publication of the Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) division of the National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP) of Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Virginia Tech). The ISB "...provides information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety."
The site's main page features five major links. "Current ISB News Report" displays the current issue of the journal; a list of article titles is provided at the top of the page. Users should select an article title to move directly to its text or scroll to view issue contents. "ISB News Reports for 1997", as well as links for the years 1992-1996, allow a user to select a specific timeframe for issues. After choosing a year of interest, the user will see an index of issues for that year; selecting an issue of interest then reveals its contents, which are viewed by scrolling.
"Special Issues" reveals two specific title choices; selecting a title allows for viewing of its contents. The "HOME" icon links the user to the homepage of the NBIAP; "under construction" opens the present issue. The site is sponsored by the National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP); Virginia Tech; Blacksburg, Virginia.
To Search:
Select link of interest from site's main page; select issue date to view contents.

S 494.5.D3 Special Aspects of Agriculture as a Whole. Data Processing

AgDB: Agriculture-Related Information Systems, Databases, and Datasets

Summary:
This source is the prototype of the Agriculture-Related Information Systems, Databases, and Datasets,"...an outgrowth of work performed by the National Agricultural Library's (NAL) Electronic Research Database Committee (ERDC)." The ERDC, in turn, seeks to"... identify and describe agriculture-related databases, datasets, and information systems." The prototype is based on this compiled data.
Agricultural-related sites, which were not part of the original ERDC list, have been included within the prototype. The creators state that "Not all datasets described are available on the Internet , but for those that are, links have been established to the actual data wherever possible."
The authors emphatically state that the prototype is "currently under development," and as such, data found by users may be incomplete.
To Search:
Records may be viewed through an alphabetical listing, arranged by the name of resource. Full texts of records are searchable through a keyword index. Within this second function, users can search using an AGRICOLA Subject Category Code.


AgSearch

Summary:
A service of Ceres Online, AgSearch is a gateway to over seventy search engines within the field of agriculture. Users are provided subject categories within the main menu and also able to specify searches through a series of simple commands. AgSearch provides searches in the following categories: news (publications); research; genetics; production, economics, pest management, Internet and computer subjects; trade; government subjects; and water and irrigation.
To Search:
Choose category of interest from opening menu. Scan through possible search engine choices. Enter keywords, subjects, titles, or other items, where specified by the selected searching means.

S 494.5.I47 Special Aspects of Agriculture as A Whole. Information Services

Agricultural-related Mailing Lists

Summary:
This site provides the user with a list of the "most popular agricultural-related" mailing lists. The options involving the lists fall into two categories: (1) subscribers can submit and receive information, and (2) subscribers will simply receive "newsletters, reports and electronic magazines."
For each mailing list, subscribers are given the organization's electronic mail address, its general publication topics, and directions for subscribing to publications.
The mailing lists are compiled by Clark Consulting International, Inc., a worldwide agricultural public relations and marketing service.
To Search:
Browse through the table of contents and select list according to content or emphasis area. Users can also scroll through the source, selecting organizations thusly.

CIKARD: Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development

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CIKARD, The Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD) at Iowa State University,"... focuses its activities on preserving and using the local knowledge of farmers and other rural people around the globe....[E]stablished...in October1987[,]...[its] goal is to collect indigenous knowledge and make it available to development professionals and scientists. CIKARD concentrates on indigenous knowledge systems (such as local soil taxonomies), decision-making systems (such as knowledge of which crops are best suited to particular types of soils), organizational structures (such as farmers problem-solving groups), and innovations (such as local methods for pest control)." This site serves as a directory to the research and activities of the center, thereby allowing users to access information best tailored to their individual needs.
The directory's offers a listing of topics, all of which provide direct access to further information on the subject contained with the CIKARD site. Possible links include: general information on CIKARD, search results for common database inquiries, the CIKARD database, and publications (both online and those available for purchase). Locations of indigenous knowledge centers across the globe are provided, as well as a listing of programs and institutions within this field of study.
The directory is maintained by David Andresen and Steve Moon, the Deaprtment of Agriculture, Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa.
To Search:
Browse through topic listings contained within main menu. Select category of interest to initiate electronic link to information.

CIKARD Citation Index

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The Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), was established at Iowa State University in 1987 for the preservation and use of local knowledge from farmers and rural people around the world. In an effort to make this information available to development professionals and scientists worldwide, a documentation unit and library were formed in the fall of 1988. The CIKARD Citation Index reflects the "...relevant literature and ethnographic descriptions on indigenous knowledge and associated disciplines from worldwide sources." The center's holdings have been catalogued, allowing easy access to materials.
Upon accessing the CIKARD Citation Index, users will find two possible courses of action. The first allows users to search for citations or materials within the database. The second permits the user to enter new citation information or to update existing information in the database. This latter area is protected through a password, so access is restricted. A database search can be tailored to meet the user's needs by filling in information within the following fields: title of publication; author's name; publisher's name; call number of source; keywords; and article type.
The index is maintained by the Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), the Department of Anthropology, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.
To Search:
Access database index through site's main menu. Select search command (of choice) and enter appropriate information within search fields. Submit search.

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Enclosures of the Mind:Intellectual Monopolies:A Resource Kit on Community Knowledge, Biodiversity, and Intellectual Property

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Enclosures of the Mind: Intellectual Monopolies: A Resource Kit on Community Knowledge, Biodiversity, and Intellectual Property is a publication of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), which is a "...Canadian-based international NGO dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, and concerned about the impact of intellectual property rights on agriculture, food security and rural communities." RAFI encourages wide dispersal of this document; users may reproduce or photocopy any portion of it, and the authors simply ask for acknowledgement for the text.
RAFI is actively involved in conserving food genetic resources, while influencing agricultural research and policy. It was the first organization to analyze the biotechnology industry and to report on its impacts to people within the nations of its focus -- Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At present, the dominant area of research is in biopiracy -- the misappropriation and patenting of biotechnological materials (plant or human). The information kit, found within this site, is provided for all users will access to Adobe Acrobat Reader software, since the text can only be viewed through such an application. At the bottom of the site's main page, users can download two different versions of the kit. For those users without access to this program, instructions are given for ordering a copy of the kit and its cost.
The site and its publication are sponsored by the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) and the International Development Research Center (IRDC); Ottawa, Canada.
To Search:
Download the document with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Then view contents. Users without such software must contact site creators to obtain copy of the text.

Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor

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"The Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor is aimed at all those with an interest in the role of indigenous knowledge -- also known as local or traditional knowledge -- in participatory approaches to sustainable development. It provides: an instrument for the exchange of information; a platform for debate on the concept of indigenous knowledge in a variety of disciplines; and an overview of activities in the field of indigenous knowledge and sustainable development." This site serves as the homepage and index for past issues of this publication.
The publication is divided into two main sections. The first, "Articles" focuses on research, theory and practices, and policy, all reflecting the "state of the art of indigenous knowledge in various policy sectors and disciplines...." The second section, "Communications," devotes itself to resource centers, research, notices of conferences, calls for information and papers, databases, publications, films, and other information outlets. This section is designed to disseminate information and to inform the general public. The site's main page features access to four major topics: (1) introduction; (2) guidelines for contributions; (3) addresses; and (4) IK Monitor gopher. The first area offers information on the site, the publication's focus, and its founders. Specifications for articles are given in the guidelines area; writers are shown publishing release dates and documentation requirements. The "addresses" area provides alphabetical listings of indigenous knowledge centers, both international and regional in focus. Each center's record contains its name, director's name, a business address, as well as phone, fax, and e-mail information.
The "IK Monitor Gopher" link accesses a Gopher index to past issues of the publication. Here, users select one of the issues, numbering from 1(1) to 3(2), and then access its table of contents to view desired articles or information. Likewise, below these featured links is the list of available issues open for viewing within the site. Users need to follow onscreen links after selecting an issue for browsing.
The publication and its site are sponsored by CIRAN, the Center for International Research and Advisory Networks, and Nuffic, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education. The centers are located in The Hague, The Netherlands.
To Search:
Select site division and follow onscreen links to view desired records. Or select issue within publication listings; then select title from table of contents to view article(s).

Indigenous Knowledge Home Page

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The Indigenous Knowledge Homepage is the access point for the Indigenous Knowledge Pages (IK Pages), a service of the Center for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) and The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic). The homepage's aim is to "...further improve the international indigenous knowledge's network's access to inform and its possibilties for communication. The IK homepage provides a coordinated point of entry to the Internet by systematically presenting [WWW] sources...regarding indigenous knowledge."
Upon accessing the site, the user will find two major courses of action, known as "browse" and "search." Underneath this area are links to various information divisions of the site: (1) "what is IK?"; (2) about the IK network; (3) IK resource centers; (4) IK & DM (online journal); and (5) background of IK pages. The first link offers a definition of indigenous knowledge and an explanation of its research concerns. The goals, objectives, and history of the IK network are found in the second link; alphabetical listings of IK resource centers are found in the third area. Here, each center's record contains the center's name, director's name, a business address, and phone, fax, and e-mail information. The fourth link accesses the homepage of the Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor , a CIRAN and Nuffic publication. The last link allows users to find information on the scope of the IK Pages WWW project.
The "browse" and "search" options within the main page allow users to access the same information with two different approaches. Under the "browse" area, users can look for IK WWW sites, based on region of origin. In this area, users should follow onscreen links to yield the final records -- a listing of titles and descriptions of their respective sites. All titles are direct links to the WWW. Topic browsing allows for choices under nineteen subject headings; organizations browsing features an alphabetical listing of sites within this description. Mailing list inquiries are browsable here; an alphabetized list offers the site's connections. The usenet newsgroups link allows for links with eighteen groups in this field. Likewise, the "search" engine offers the site contents in more specific ways. The simple, fulltext search is operated through a keyword submission. The advanced, fulltext search allows for specfications in query options and resulting set options. Browsable resources are activated through a keyword field; this page also features links to other WWW sites. Searching mailing lists and the usenet newsgroups occurs in the exact manner found under the "browse" option. In all cases, the resulting records offer WWW sites, as well as descriptions of those sites, in the area of indigenous knowledge.
The site is maintained by the Center for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) and the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic); The Hague, The Netherlands.
To Search:
Select "browse" or "search" option from site's main page. Follow onscreen links to view desired records. Or select information site area at bottom of main page.

Indigenous Knowledge Resource Centers

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Indigenous Knowledge Resource Centers is a directory within the Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), located at Iowa State University. The site is designed to provide listings of international, regional, and national IK centers, as well as those under development. Users should note that the data in the site is dated from February, 1994, so information may not be current in all cases.
After accessing the site, the user will find indigenous knowledge resource centers classified, according to impact -- international (global), regional, and national. In each division, center's are listed alphabetically, with each record providing: the name of the center; the director's name; the center's business address; and phone, fax, and e-mail information. Centers which were being established (at the time of the site's creation) form the final classification. Users must browse through the site to find desired records.
Users should note that the site provides no access to the centers listed herein; likewise, no links are given to the CIKARD homepage or its other divisions. Most of all, given the date of this site's compilation, users may need to seek recent records for some of the centers listed.
The site is maintained by the Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD); Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa.
To Search:
Browse through site's listings to find desired records.

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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Indigenous Knowledge Systems is a division of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network. The site is designed to "...provide a comprehensive picture of ways in which Native people have come to understand and relate to the environment in which they live and the scientific implications of tradtional knowledge in the comtemporary world."
The site's main page features nine topics within the site: (1) traditional ecological knowledge; (2) sustainable resource management; (3) ecology, environment, and education; (4) science in the North; (5) cultural and intellectual property rights; (6) subsistence way of life; (7) traditional health, medicine, and healing; (8) Alaska Native Science Commission; and (9) cultural research, documentation, and impact analysis. For each of these nine subjects, the site details, in list form, WWW sites reflecting that topic. Each site is noted with its title and a description of its scope and contents. All titles are direct links to the WWW; users must browse through WWW site listings, since the entries are not placed in alphabetical order.
The first category offers ways in which Native people acquire and utilize ecological system knowledge; the second topic offers examples of how Alaska Native knowledge systems can contribute to the management of her natural resources, with particular emphasis on how schools can become involved n this process. Curriculum ideas that bring students in contact with the natural world are found in the third grouping; resources related to the role of science and technology in the circumpolar North are found in the fourth grouping. Cultural and intellectual property rights are discussed in terms of knowledge, traditions, and the use of artifacts.
The subsistence way of life, as it pertains to education, is the site's sixth topic offering. The present-day applicability of traditional medicine and healing comes as the seventh topic; information on the roles and activities of the Alaska Native Science Commission appear within the eighth topic. Lastly, cultural research, documentation, and analysis are offered for researchers in the site's final area. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to: Native Pathways to Education, Alaska Native Cultural Resources, and Indigenous Education Worldwide, all of them related WWW sites. A final link is given to the University of Alaska (Fairbanks), sponsor of the site.
To Search:
Select topic of choice from main page listings; then select title of WWW site of interest. All titles are direct links to their respective WWW sites.

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ATTRA Resource List: Internships, Apprenticeships, Sustainable Curricula, including On-Farm Experience, and Working Farms Programs in the US.

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The ATTRA Resource List provides information for internships, apprenticeships, and sustainable curricula, including on-farm experience and working farm programs for individuals who wish to pursue such activities within the United States. A division of the WWW agricultural clearinghouse site, agAccess, this list divides North America into regions for easier browsing of unique agricultural opportunities.
Regions open for records include: Northeast; North-Central; South; West; Nova Scotia, Canada; and additional resources. Selecting a region then activates the list, thereby opening the records for viewing. Within a record, the included information will feature: the name of the business or farm; a business address (including street, city, state, and zip code); a contact person; phone and fax numbers; as well as an e-mail address, where available. Following this data is an in-depth description of various topics: a physical description of the farm; details on work conditions, tasks, and hours; living conditions; training required; rate of pay; terms of work, etc. A region's listings are alphabetized according to the names of the businesses and farms.
Additional resources on agricultural opportunities are found through the site, as are brief listings for the Nova Scotia province of Canada.
The site is maintained by Katherine L. Adam, ATTRA; the National Center for Appropriate Technology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Department of the Interior.
To Search:
Select region of interest from main listings. Browse through entries to view records.

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

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Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture is a directory of organizations and institutions in this field, compiled by the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC), within the USDA's National Agricultural Library. The listings reflect organizations and institutions who show involvement in "...organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture, and its focus on education, training, or provision of information." The site is best viewed with the aid of a browser which can display tables. Print copies of the site's tables are available from the AFSIC.
Within the site's main page is a table of contents, each topic acting as a link to its material within the directory. Available for browsing are: (1) the introduction; (2) the directory for the United States; (3) the directory for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) contacts; (4) the directory for Canada; and (5) the international directory. The U.S. and Canadian directories are identical in format; each features a three column table. The first lists the organization's name and business address; the second column features the contact information (office or individual). The final column offers a description of the organization's programs, subject areas, research specialities, publications, and number of members.
The SARE contacts listing is subdivided into regions for easier searching. The four regions noted are: western, north central, northeast, and southern. Users should select an area of interest to view listings for that region. This page also contains contact information for SARE; its regional centers are also detailed, including their coordinators' names, business addresses, and applicable e-mail and WWW site information. The international directory is an alphabetical compilation of records; for each participating institution, the record reflects: (1) name of group; (2) business address; (3) contact individual information; (4) e-mail and WWW site URL; and (5) a description of programs, reflecting educational level (graduate, undergraduate), coursework, language requirements, and focal points in teaching and research.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates; Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Select area of interest from site's table of contents. Then browse listings within categories to view matching records.

Organizations Focused on Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

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Organizations Focused on Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry is a division of the IISDNet WWW site, sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This organization promotes development that "...improves economic efficiency, protects and restores ecological systems, and enhances the well being of people." IISD creates networks for putting sustainable development into practice by working with business, governments, committees, and individuals both in Canada and worldwide. The site is a listing of sustainable agriculture and forestry organizations, including details on their respective WWW sites.
Within the site's main page, users will note that organizations are arranged alphabetically. Moving past this listing, the user will find a detailed record for each of the listed organizations. Each entry contains: (1) the title of the organization; (2) the group's history and focal interest; (3) key information sources for this organization; and (4) contact information, including a business address, telephone, and fax information. Each organization's title (within the upper listing) is the direct link to its respective WWW site.
The site is sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Scroll past listing of organizations to view individual records for each group. Titles within upper listing are direct links to the WWW.

Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms

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Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms is a publication of the National Agricultural Library of the USDA which "...strives to illustrate the commonality and some of the controversy that defining...sustainability entails. Many of the authors cited are pioneers in the field of sustainable agriculture." The text addresses the goals of sustainability -- "...addressing philosophical, economic, and sociological issues, as well as environmental and scientific questions."
Users will find that the site first provides information on its contents, then moves into a discussion of sustainable agriculture and its terms. All terms are listed in alphabetical order, and for each term, a detailed discussion is included, which features documentation from one or more sources. These sources, in turn, are noted with: (1) the author's name (first, middle initial, last name); (2) title of the text; (3) journal title; (4) year of publication; (5) volume and issue number; (6) number of pages; and (7) NAL call number.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates; Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; National Agriculture Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Scroll to view contents of site.

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

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Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and its Information Center division of its WWW site, named IISDnet. The document is a bibliography on major sources concerning rural applications of sustainable development. Resources cited here reflect research and case studies concerning sustainable agriculture's effects on economics, food production, the environment, and quality of life.
Following a brief introduction and background area, the bibliography's listings begin. Listings are alphabetized by the author's last name. Within an individual entry for a book, the user will find: (1) the author's name (last, first); (2) title of the book; (3) publisher (name and location); (4) publication year; and (5) number of pages. Listings for periodicals include: (1) author's name (last, first); (2) title of article; (3) journal title; (4) volume and issue numbers; (5) pages of article within issue; (6) publisher (name, location); (7) publication year; and (8) number of pages within article.
The site is sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Scroll to view contents of site.

Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Books

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Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Books is a publication of the National Agriculture Library of the USDA and its Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. The site "...provides a list of recently published books pertaining to sustainable agriculture. Additional titles, going back to 1989, may be found in the 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 editions of this series....When combined with [the] earlier publication, Tracing the Evolution of Organic/Sustainable Agriculture: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography...these titles provide bibliographic coverage of sustainable agriculture literature from 1580 to 1996."
Upon accessing the site, the user will encounter the introduction area, ordering information, and then the bibliographic listings. Users should scroll to view the site's listings. Within a given publication's entry, the following appear: (1) title of book; (2) editor's or author's name (last, first); (3) publisher information (location, name, publication year, number of pages); (4) NAL call number; (5) annotation (a description of the book's contents and scope); and (6) information for ordering the book.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates; the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; National Agriculture Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Scroll to view contents of site.

Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Periodicals

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Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Periodicals is a publication of the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center of the USDA's National Agricultural Library. The publication is "...intended to serve as a guide to the current periodical literature on agricultural sustainability issues, developments, and practices. It updates and expands the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center's Periodicals Pertaining to Alternative Farming Systems, February 1993, as well as supplements and similar publications from other sources."
Upon accessing the site, the user will find an introduction area, which explains the site's history, scope, kinds of publications featured herein, site coverage, site arrangement, entry format, abbreviations key, and a definitions section for accompanying indexes. Scrolling past this area, the user then encounters the periodicals' listings. Titles are in alphabetical order, as well as identified by a number (1-299). Each entry consists of publishing and contact information, along with a brief description of the journal. Within a given periodical entry, the following are found: (1) identification number; (2) title of journal; (3) NAL call number; (4) publisher name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail information; (5) subscription cost; (6) frequency of magazine; (7) ISSN code; (8) AGRICOLA (indexing status); (9) availability (print or online); and (10) subject terms.
Users should scroll to view the site's contents. The site is maintained by Jane Gates of the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC); National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Scroll to view contents of site.

Sustainable Agriculture Directory of Expertise

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The Sustainable Agriculture Directory of Expertise is a directory compiled by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) of Utah State University, which offers entries to the user, detailing "...sustainable agriculture expertise of nearly 1,000 individuals and more than 200 organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories." The site offers details on farmers, ranchers, agriculture researchers, Cooperative Extension personnel, agribusiness people, and farm consultants.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find a homepage offering information on the site and its publisher. Links are present for a document version of the site, a table of contents, querying the site, and images which allow for moving between the previous and next pages within the site. Users can scroll ahead, activating the "next" link at the bottom of a given page or using the "next page" link, constantly displayed at the top of every screen.
To query the directory, the user should select the "query" link; a keyword search field is then displayed. The number of resulting matches will be displayed in the "results map" area of the query page. To view the results of the query, users should select the "documents" icon from the top of the page. Resulting matches will display the following information: (1) a reference number and a note if the entry pertains to an individual or an organization; (2) business address; (3) phone, fax, and e-mail information; (4) preferred method of contact; (5) sustainable agriculture roles; (6) major areas of expertise; (7) primary crop and livestock enterprises; (8) description of sustainable agriculture work; (9) approach to sustainable agriculture; and (10) land description.
Within the query page, users can move back to the main directory area by selecting the "contents" link from the top of the page. The site is sponsored by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the SARE Western Region; Utah State University; Logan, Utah.
To Search:
Select "query" link; fill in keyword field. To view resulting matches, select "documents" link from top of page. Scroll to view matching records.

Sustainable Agriculture Newsletter

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The Sustainable Agriculture Newsletter is a "...quarterly publication from UC SAREP [University of California, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program] that reports on program activities (including workshops and grants information) and issues related to sustainable agriculture. It also includes technical reviews of journal articles, workshop presentations, reports, books, and research relevant to sustainable agriculture."
Within the site's main page, a user has access to current issues online, provided in chronological order, beginning from the most recent issue. Each issue is noted with its release date, as well as volume and issue numbers. To view the contents of an issue, select the issue of interest from the main page listing. The issue's table of contents then appears; titles within the contents are direct links to their respective articles and information. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to two ADF formatted issues of the journal and SAREP areas of interest -- the homepage, calendar, search area, and feedback area.
The site is sponsored by the University of California (Davis); Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
To Search:
Select issue of interest from pain page listing. Then select title of interest from displayed table of contents to view text.

Sustainable or Alternative Agriculture

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Sustainable or Alternative Agriculture, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection cirteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

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Farming Systems Research

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Farming Systems Research, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliogpraphy. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.

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Wind Energy for Agriculture

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Wind Energy for Agriculture, a member of the "Quick Bibliography Series of the National Agricultural Library," is intended "for current awareness, and as the title of the series implies..." is "not [an] indepth exhaustive" bibliography system of any subject. Citations are resources for recent research and bring the "literature of agriculture to the interested user...." Bibliographies are "derived from computerized on-line searches of the AGRICOLA data base. Timeliness of topic and evidence of extensive interest are the selection criteria." The site's creator "determines the purpose, length, and search strategy of the Quick Bibliography. Information regarding these is available upon request from the author/searcher."
Entries within the site include journal articles, books, and audiovisual materials. Specifications are given as to information provided within entries, to aid in searching. Instructions are also provided for requesting copies of bibliographies featured in the series.
The site is maintained by Jane Gates with the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; the USDA National Agricultural Library; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through listings of bibliographies within site.
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