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ESPM 155: Guide to Library Research


Finding Books

Use a library catalog to find books, journals, magazines, government reports, maps, and other materials owned by the UCB libraries. You can also follow the links on our Electronic Books page, which will take you to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.

Resource Coverage Unique Features

OskiCat Quick Guide (PDF)
Most UCB libraries
(more information)
  • Renew your books online
  • Find course reserves
  • Request checked out or offsite items
  • Restrict your search to a specific library, online items, or available items only.

Melvyl Guide
Most UCB libraries and many libraries worldwide, plus citations to selected articles
(more information)
  • Search libraries worldwide
  • Request items UCB doesn't own
  • Create and save lists and add tags to items
  • Automatically format citations
Electronic Books Links to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.
  • Search the full text of relevant materials
  • Full text may be available online

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Finding Articles

Search article databases to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. These databases index articles published in selected journals and magazines, papers presented at conferences, and other sources. Most records include citations and abstracts with links to the full text of articles (when available). To access the full text, use the UC-eLinks button.

Core Life Science/Environmental Science
Article Databases
Years Covered Peer-reviewed Content?

Agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, economics, and forestry; indexes journal articles and USDA reports. US focus.

1970-present Some

The most comprehensive biological sciences article database; indexes over 6000 peer-reviewed journals.
(Guide: HTML | PDF)

1926-present Most

Ecology, forestry, agriculture, rural sociology, and economics. U.S. and international focus.

1910-present Some
All aspects of environmental issues, including air, land, and water pollution, bacteriology, waste management, water resources and environmental biotechnology.
1981-present Some
Indexes core journals in all scientific fields. Allows cited reference searching, which allows you to identify later articles which cite a given author or article.
1901-present Most
Related Article Databases
Years Covered
Peer-reviewed Content?
Multidisciplinary source for scholarly journal and popular magazine articles; indexes and abstracts articles from more than 10,900 English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese sources. Full text is available for over 5300 journals.
1865-present Some
Full text articles from more than 7400 scholarly business journals. Includes management, economics, finance, accounting ,and detailed company profiles for top business companies. Updated daily.
1965-present Most
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
Citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, pamphlets, book chapters and statistical sources in the fields of social and political policy.
1972-present Minimal
Index to public policy in the areas of economics, politics, the environment, and social issues, taken from reports from a wide range of think tanks, non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and other institutions worldwide.
1990-present No

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Business Library Resources

Long Business & Economics Library:

Business Library reference hours are 1:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 1:00-4:00 PM on Fridays. Or click "Ask Us!" on our homepage.

Hilary Schiraldi, Librarian
Long Business Library
(510) 643-6471 |

Company and Industry Information


  • public company information
  • best source for SEC documents, has many years historical archive
  • also has "glossy annuals"


  • private company profiles
  • includes business description, contact information, and names of executives

World News

  • full-text newspaper search for California, national, and foreign newspapers
Market Research


  • market research reports, mostly on consumer industries
  • market segment analysis reports
  • must create an account using your UC Berkeley email address

Frost & Sullivan

  • industrial-level market research reports, including food and food additives
  • must enter your name and Berkeley email address for access

Business Monitor

  • industry analysis and forecasts for foreign countries
  • select an industry from the left sidebar, then click “View Latest Reports” in the orange box on the right
Commodities Data

Commodity Statistics Trade Database (COMTRADE)

  • United Nations data on trade between countries. Includes agricultural products
  • works best in Internet Explorer

Global Financial Database

  • the library’s most user-friendly source for financial market and economic data
  • includes commodity price data

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Selected Agricultural Trade Journals

*Note: Most of these sites are incomplete, and some may include tables of contents only.

Agri marketing (2001- )
Print version: Bioscience HD9003.A35
Almond facts (March/April 2011- )
Print version: Bioscience SB401.C24
Amber Waves [USDA]
California farmer
Print version: Bioscience S1.C3
The California tomato grower
Print version: Bioscience SB349.A1.C2
California Tomato Growers Association
Cereal foods world
Print version: Bioscience TS2120.C45
Citrus and vegetable magazine
Print version: Bioscience SB369.C455
Citrus industry
Print version: Bioscience SB369.C43
Coastal grower
Print version: Bioscience HD9220.U63C2.C6
Corn and soybean digest
Print version: Bioscience SB205.S7.S57
Print version: Bioscience S631.A5
Daily Coffee News (Roast Magazine)
Farm journal
Print version: Bioscience S1.F22
The Grower
Print version: Bioscience HD9220.U62.G76
Hoard's dairyman
Print version: Bioscience fSF221.H6 (shelved in folio section)
The Packer
Print version: Bioscience fHD9421.P3 (shelved in folio section)
Print version: Bioscience HD9235.P6.S68
Sugar journal
Print version: Bioscience HD9100.1.S6

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Selected Web Sites

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Managing Your References and Evaluating Your Sources


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