Information Services


Some useful resources for Agriculture are listed below.



Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Agricultural Census data for England, Scotland and Wales downloadable or visualised as grid square estimates at 2km, 5km and 10km level of resolution.

Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed, and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software.

Coverage: 1969 to present.


AgEcon Search

Access information: Freely available on and off-campus.
Description: AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics is a subject repository which collects and indexes research in agricultural and applied economics, including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food security and supply, energy and natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, international trade, and economic development. Content includes conference presentations, working papers, journal articles, government documents, and theses and dissertations.
Coverage: 1995-present.



Access information: Free access on and off-campus from US National Agricultural Library.
Description: Bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the US National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its co-operators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines.
Coverage: 15th Century-present.



Access information: Freely available access on and off-campus.
Description: Open access, searchable, full-text repository of author-submitted unpublished preprints across the agricultural sciences, including agribusiness, aquaculture, crop science, environmental science, forestry, plant science, livestock science, soil science.
Coverage: 2017-present.



Access information: Freely available on and off-campus.

The International System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS) is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  AGRIS is one of the most comprehensive search engines in food and agricultural scientific literature providing free access to millions of bibliographic records in 90 different languages.

AGRIS indexes books, journal articles, monographs, book chapters, datasets and grey literature – including unpublished scientific and technical reports, theses, dissertations and conference papers in the area of food and agriculture.

Coverage: 1974-present.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage: 1926 to present.
Additional Information: Detailed information about BIOSIS Citation Index


CAB Abstracts

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: CAB Abstracts is the world's leading agricultural database. Find journals, books, conferences and reports. It covers significant research and development literature in the fields of animal and crop husbandry, animal and plant breeding, plant protection, genetics, forestry, veterinary medicine, aspects of human health, human nutrition, rural development, leisure and tourism and the management and conservation of natural resources.
Coverage: 1910-present.

8 concurrent users.


Global Plants

Access information: Access on and off campus. JSTOR are providing institutions with free access to the Global Plants database through June 30th, 2022.
Description: Global Plants is the world’s largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus for international scientific research and collaboration.



SciELO Citation Index via Web of Science

Access information:

Freely available.

Access to SciELO Citation Index require a University Login.


Open access collections of peer reviewed academic journals, published by institutions from Ibero-American countries and South Africa.

The SciELO Citation Index via Web of Science provides another method of searching for the content on the SciELO platform - against each search result, there is a button which will link you out to the full text on the SciELO platform.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
User guide:
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.


Web of Science Core Collection

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

  Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1985 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)