Agriculture and Horticulture library subject guide , Kaupapa aratohu Ahuwhenua me te Ahumāra

Learn where to start your research in agriculture and horticulture.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.


Multidisciplinary citation database, with historical indexing of key scientific titles. Includes articles in press, plus web and patent results.

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Google Scholar

Multidisciplinary Google search engine for scholarly articles and books. Includes citation linking and full-text searching of many publications.

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CAB Abstracts

Premier database for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and applied life sciences.

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Biological Abstracts

Entire field of life sciences.

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New Zealand Science

Comprehensive index provided by the Crown Research Institutes, Conservation Department and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Full text database covering New Zealand and Australian veterinary and animal science, and veterinary continuing education publications.

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Primary database for chemistry and biochemistry; also valuable for applied sciences, including agriculture, pharmacology, engineering, and environmental topics. Search for chemical data, properties, structures, reactions, literature, citations, patents, and more.  


Catalogue and journal article index to the collections of the U.S. National Agricultural Library.

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AgEcon Search

Open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, compiled by the University of Minnesota. Includes working papers, conference papers, and journal articles.


FAO database, covering agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, aquatic sciences and fisheries, and human nutrition, from 1975 onwards. Includes unpublished scientific and technical reports, theses, conference papers and government publications, from over 100 countries..

Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Background information

Find encyclopedia articles, the soils portal, methods and protocols.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Peer-reviewed articles covering all of the life sciences, including agricultural and plant sciences topics. 

ScienceDirect Reference Works

The Library's subscribed ScienceDirect reference titles. About this resource

Sources include:

Search the Library for encyclopedias, 2000 onwards

Plantwise Knowledge Bank

CABI diagnostic tool and factsheets on crop pests and diseases around the world.

New Zealand Soils Portal

Landcare Research portal for S-map Online (NZ national soils database), Soils Portal (maps of fundamental soil layers), and the LRIS Portal (Land Resource Information Systems Portal).

Methods and protocols

Springer Nature Experiments

Provides full text access to Nature Methods and Springer Protocols, connecting researchers with the most relevant and important protocols and methods to support their research projects.

Books and ebooks

Find books and ebooks.

Concepts and definitions

Find short definitions.

Oxford Reference

Includes Oxford Reference - Life Sciences

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International Plant Names Index

Database of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes, incorporating Index Kewensis (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), the Gray Card Index (Harvard University Herbaria) and the Australian Plant Names Index (Australian National Herbarium).

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Industry standards

Find New Zealand, international and industry standards and guidelines.

Standards and guidelines

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    Find a range of New Zealand, Australian and other international standards.

Agriculture and horticulture standards and guidelines

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