Getting Better Results with AGRIS

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me. Click the Email me button or use

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. We'll see how that works.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Skype or Facetime (until we are back to face to face).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides to your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment

What is AGRIS?

AGRIS states that it "provides worldwide bibliographic coverage of agricultural science and technology literature and offers an international perspective on crucial agricultural research from 135+ participating countries."

NOTE: AGRIS doesn't usually link to full text, and the "Find It" button isn't present in AGRIS. You will have to check our catalog and do Interlibrary Loan manually if there is something that you want that we don't have.

Searching in AGRIS

AGRIS searches differently than Agricola and CAB Abstracts.

The AGRIS software uses the tilde ~ character for 'fuzzy searches'-- to truncate words or indicate that the terms should be found within a certain range. For example, fertil~ would return fertile, fertilize, fertilizer, fertilizing, and also infertile and its variations.

A pair of terms with the ~ and a numeral yields the terms in a document with that range of number of words. + or - in front of words either require or exclude the term. For example, +pome gets documents with that word in them; -core excludes documents that include that word.

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