Library databases

Many of the following databases are available by subscription only. Through FAO's subscription, FAO staff members have direct access to all of these databases.

Forestry Compendium
A comprehensive, worldwide coverage of tropical, subtropical, temporate and boreal forest species. It contains detailed datasheets on over 1 200 species, including taxonomy, distribution, climate, soil, silvicultural characteristics, silvicultural practice, pests/diseases and uses. It has basic data on over 20 000 species and bibliography of over 63 000 references.

Bibliographic database created by the USDA National Agricultural Library, AGRICOLA contains more than 3.7 million citations to agricultural literature beginning in 1970 but the database includes some materials that are considerably older. Subjects include agricultural economics and rural sociology, agricultural production, animal sciences, chemistry, entomology, food and human nutrition, forestry, natural resources, pesticides, plant sciences, soils, fertilizers and water resources.

Bibliographic database created by FAO in 1974. AGRIS facilitates information exchange and brings together world literature dealing with all aspects of agriculture including legislation, education, extension and advisory work related to developing countries, economics, development, marketing, rural sociology, plant production, protection of plants and stored products, forestry, food science and human nutrition. Particularly strong in identifying the agricultural literature of the developing world. More than 2.5 million citations.
Free access

CAB Abstracts
Bibliographic database covering all aspects of agriculture: crop production and protection, postharvest technology, horticulture, soils and fertilizer technology, forestry and forest products, animal husbandry, nutrition, breeding, dairy science and technology, animal health, agricultural engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, agricultural economics, rural development, sociology, human nutrition, mycology, entomology and parasitology. Contains more than 1 million citations with abstracts.

Identifies projects dealing with all aspects of agriculture in developing countries. Provides information on approximately 30 000 ongoing projects. Composed of 137 national and 20 international and intergovernmental centres, CARIS is coordinated by FAO.
Free access

Contains over 15,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 4,000 international publishers, including coverage of: 500 Open Access journals, 700 Conference Proceedings, 600 Trade Publications, 125 Book Series, 28 million abstract records, 245 million references, added to all abstracts. Scopus also covers 250 million quality web sources, including 13 million patents. Web sources are searched via Scirus, and include author homepages, university sites and resources such as the preprint servers CogPrints and, and OAI compliant resources.

Other databases

last updated:  Friday, August 24, 2012