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.

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.

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.   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. 

The 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.

Books and ebooks

Agroecological Innovations: Increasing Food Production with Participatory Development, by Norman Uphoff
S494.5.I5 A329 2002 

Agroecology : the ecology of sustainable food systems, by Stephen R. Gliessman.
S589.7 .G582 2015  

The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change, by Albert K. Bates

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

Designing Urban Agriculture

Development for Sustainable Agriculture:  the Brazilian Cerrado
S475.B7 D48 2016  

Ecocultures : blueprints for sustainable communities
GE196 .E46 2015  

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

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
F1435.3.A37 F67 2015  

One billion hungry : can we feed the world? 

Rebuilding the Foodshed : How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems
HD9000.5 .A314 2013  

Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future  (Covers USA Southwest and Northern Mexico)
S448 .T73 2015  

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

Travelling back to sustainable agriculture in a bioeconomic world
S441 .T73 2015 

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

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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Archaeology of food : an encyclopedia
GN799.F6 A73 2015  

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

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

Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues
Ref TX349.S237 2015  


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

Data Visualization

Designing science presentations : a visual guide to figures, papers, slides, posters, and more
Q223 .C32 2013  

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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