On the Radio: New search engine for ag research


A screenshot of the USDA's PubAg resource page.
A screenshot of the USDA’s PubAg resource page.
March 9, 2015

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at a new online service from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that makes thousands of journal articles on agricultural science free for farmers and the general public. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: PubAg

A new service by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made available thousands of journal articles about agricultural research for free to scientists, farmers, and anyone else with an internet connection.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Earlier this year the National Agricultural Library launched its new online search tool known as PubAg. The free online search engine allows users full-text access to more than 40,000 journal articles from USDA researchers dating back to 1997. New articles will be added on almost a daily basis and older articles may eventually be added as well.

The database contains a variety of agricultural topics ranging from nutrition and food quality to natural resources and sustainable systems. Users do not need to sign up for an account to access the system.

The National Agricultural Library is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

For a link to the database and to learn more about it visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2015/150113.htm

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/01/20/usda-pubag-search-engine.aspx

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