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Databases of Soil Publications

The databases listed below are bibliographic databases—they provide information about publications. The coverage varies from database to database. The most comprehensive databases covering soils of arid regions are CAB ABSTRACTS and PASCAL. There may be considerable overlap between various databases, but there is some unique coverage for each. Links to database descriptions by the producers and links to home pages of the database producers are provided for those which have web sites. Most database producers offer a document delivery service, which would be described on their web sites. Your local library may also offer an Inter-Library Loan service that will help you get the publications you need.

  • CAB ABSTRACTS is the most comprehensive database for publications about soils in arid regions. This database covers soils, agriculture, mycology, entomology, veterinary science, developing countries, public health, and related topics. CAB ABSTACTS is produced by CAB INTERNATIONAL.

Database Marketing Executive
Oxon, OX10 8DE
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1491 832111
Fax: +44 1491 826090

  • PASCAL is produced by the Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST) of the French National Research Council (CNRS). This database is multidisciplinary; its principal subject areas are: physics and chemistry; life sciences (including biology, medicine, and psychology); applied sciences and technology; earth sciences; and information sciences.

2, allee du Parc de Brabois
Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy CEDEX, 54514
Telephone: +33
Fax: +33

  • AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) Besides books, journals, and other types of print publications, AGRICOLA indexes audio-visual and microform media, and some computer software. AGRICOLA is produced by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
NAL Reference Branch
NAL-USDA, Room 111
Beltsville, MD 20705
Telephone: 301-504-5479

  • The AGRIS International database is a cooperative, decentralized system in which over 100 national and multinational centers take part. Each country which participates in AGRIS does so by submitting information about documents published within its own territories. All contributing sources are of non-U.S. origin. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations acts as a coordinating agency, facilitating the exchange of agricultural information to the participating countries.

Dr. Helga Schmid
Head, AGRIS Processing Unit
P.O. Box 100
Vienna, A-1400

  • BIOSIS PREVIEWS® provides comprehensive worldwide coverage of research in the biological and biomedical sciences.

User Communications
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
Telephone: 215-587-4847
800 Line: 800-523-4806
Fax: 215-587-2016

  • The Ei COMPENDEX® database provides abstracted information from the world's significant engineering and technological literature. COMPENDEX PLUS is produced by Engineering Information, Inc.

(Ei) Engineering Information, Inc.
Castle Point on the Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: 201-216-8500
800 Line: 800-221-1044
Fax: 201-216-8532

  • Environmental Bibliography provides access to the contents of periodicals dealing with the environment. Coverage includes periodicals on water, air, soil, and noise pollution; solid waste management; health hazards; urban planning; global warming; and many other specialized subjects of environmental consequence.

Environmental Studies Institute
International Academy at Santa Barbara
5385 Hollister Avenue #210
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Telephone: 805-965-5010
800 Line: 800-683-4927
Fax: 805-683-4637

  • Environment Abstracts, produced by Congressional Information Service, Inc., covers journal articles, conference papers and proceedings, and other key sources of information on the environment.

Congressional Information Service, Inc.
Online Coordinator
4520 East-West Highway, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301-654-1550
Fax: 301-654-4033

  • GeoArchive is a comprehensive database covering all types of information sources in geoscience, hydroscience, and environmental science. Geoarchive is produced by Geosystems.

Ms. Rosalind Templeman
P.O. Box 40
Oxon, OX11 9BX
United Kingdom
Telephone and Fax: +44 1235 813 913

  • GEOBASE covers the worldwide literature on geography, geology, ecology, and their related disciplines. GEOBASE is produced by Geo Abstracts Ltd. The database is copyrighted by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Geo Abstracts Ltd.
Regency House
34 Duke Street
Norwich, NR33AP
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1603 626327

  • GeoRef, the database of the American Geological Institute (AGI), covers worldwide technical literature on geology and geophysics. Georef is produced by the American Geological Institute.

American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Telephone: 703-379-2480 ext. 230
Fax: 703-379-7563

  • Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts provides current citations in English for the most important meteorological and geoastrophysical research published in worldwide literature sources. Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts is produced by the American Meteorological Society.

American Meteorological Society
45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-227-2425

  • NTIS: The National Technical Information Service database consists of summaries of U.S. government-sponsored research, development, and engineering, plus analyses prepared by federal agencies, their contractors, or grantees. It is the means through which unclassified reports are made available for sale from government agencies. Some state and local government agencies also contribute summaries of their reports to the database. NTIS also provides access to the results of government-sponsored research and development from countries outside the U.S. Organizations that currently contribute to the NTIS database include: the Japan Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI); laboratories administered by the United Kingdom Department of Industry; the German Federal Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT); the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); and many more.

The NTIS database represents the reports of three major U.S. federal government agencies: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), plus many other non-U.S. agencies located throughout the world.

NTIS is produced by the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce.

National Technical Information Service
U.S. Department of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22161
Telephone: 703-487-4650 general info.; 703-487-4640 database content

  • SCISEARCH®: A Cited Reference Science Database is an international, multidisciplinary index to the literature of science, technology, biomedicine, and related disciplines produced by the Institute for Scientific Information® (ISI®). SCISEARCH offers citation indexing, which permits searching by cited references.

ISI Technical Help Desk
Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-386-0100, ext.1591
800 Line: 800-336-4474
Fax: 215-386-6362

  • Water Resources Abstracts offers a comprehensive range of water-related topics in the life and physical sciences, as well as the engineering and legal aspects of the conservation, control, use, and management of water. Though the focus of the database is water, there is considerable information about soils in arid regions related to irrigation, erosion, pollution, soil moisture and evapotranspiration. The database, initiated in 1968, was produced by the U.S. Geological Survey until 1994, and is now produced by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts.

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
7200 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Telephone: 301-961-6700 (in Maryland)
800 Line: 800-843-7751 (in North America)
Fax: 301-961-6720

Last revised: Last revised: 24 August 2001
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