ENVS 31000 Contemporary Applications of Ancient Agriculture


ScienceDirect Scholarly articles on agriculture, food science, crop science, environmental science, soil science, and plant science.

AnthroSource - Links to articles from the journal "Culture, Agriculture, Food, and Environment"

AgEcon Search  Scholarly articles, working papers, and conference papers on agriculture and applied economics.

Annual Reviews   "Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 46 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences including Economics." 

JSTOR  Scholarly articles in anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology, and botany.

AgNIC Scholarly information on agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Environmental Studies & Policy Collection Covers environmental issues and policies.  Topics covered include agronomy, soil, and plants.

GreenFILE Covers the human impact to the environment, including the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments.

The SAGE Handbook of Economic Geography. Includes a chapter on the Political Economies of Nature.

Data Sources

United Nations Environment Statistics Section.  Environmental indicators such as land use, air, climate, biodiversity, and emissions for UN member countries.

FAOSTAT  Statisical data for food and agriculture for 245 countries.   Registration is free but required. International statistics on production, trade, food balances, forestry, land use, irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides, agriculture, food aid, and fisheries.

FAO Soils Portal   Includes a soil survey as well as information on soil biodiversity, restoration, and assessment.

Web Soil Survey  A database maintained by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that provides access to soil maps and data for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties. 

World's Water  Biennial report with data and insights into freshwater issues 

Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps.  Links to world, regional, and national maps.

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators  Comprehensive data and analysis on the environmental performance of agriculture in OECD countries since 1990, covering soil, water, air and biodiversity.

World Resources Institute  Maps, charts, data sets, infographics, reports, working papers, issue briefs, and fact sheets. 

International Human Development Indicators (United Nations).  

USDA Data and Statistics Data on US Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture, and the World Agricultural Outlook.

Selected Books, Ebooks, and Reports

Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development  

Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems.

Archaeology of food: an encyclopedia 

The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change

Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance

Designing Our Future: Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems, and Humanity  

Designing Urban Agriculture Guide to maintenance and management of edible landscapes.

Development for Sustainable Agriculture:  the Brazilian Cerrado

Ecocultures : blueprints for sustainable communities 

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity.

Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.  See articles on "Traditional Agricultural Methods". 

Ethnobotany: a Methods Manual

Gardens of Prehistory: The Archaeology of Settlement Agriculture in Greater Mesoamerica 

How to Feed the World in 2050.  Discusses food security, the natural resource base, biofuels, and sustainable agricultural production.

Managing agrodiversity the traditional way: lessons from West Africa in sustainable use of biodiversity and related natural resources.

Maya Forest Garden: Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands.

One billion hungry : can we feed the world? 

Rebuilding the Foodshed : How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues. Ref. TX349.S237 2015 

Seeds, Science, and Stuggle: The Global Politics of Transgenic Crops

Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future.   Covers USA Southwest and Northern Mexico

Traditional Knowledge in Policy and Practice: Approaches to Development and Human Well-Being

Travelling back to sustainable agriculture in a bioeconomic world.

Viewing the future in the past : historical ecology applications to environmental issues 

World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development

Research Strategies

After you develop a good search strategy and get results, you can automate your research  - the stored search will be run automatically and you will receive alerts that include direct links to new articles.   In ScienceDirect, run your search and then click on "Save as Search Alert":

See the IC LIbrary's Guide on running a Literature Review search in several databases.

If you've found one good article, you can use Google Scholar  to see if any other articles cite your source. Just paste the title of your article into Google Scholar and then select the "Cited by" link to see citing articles.

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Reading, Writing, and Citing

This article describes a "three pass" method for Reading Research Articles: How to Read a Paper

See the Library's Guide on Writing Annotated Citations.

See the Library's Guides on using the Zotero or Mendeley software apps to organize & manage your research citations.

Data Visualization

Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More. 

Tableau Public is a free interactive data visualization tool.  After downloading and installing the program, you can upload data and create data visualizations. See this tutorial on Geo-Mapping using Tableau (Smith College). 

ManyEyes, a free, web-based visualization tool, allows you to upload data sets and generate various types of visualizations from that data.

Tabula - App that extracts data from PDF's into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Works on Mac, Windows and Linux.

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