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Government Documents for the
Agricultural Sciences

In addition to journal articles and books, you may need to use statistical and/or government resources as supporting information. Using these sources can strengthen your writing.

Statistical Information

It is often useful to support your findings with a few facts.

  • For some general facts on agriculture, check the Agriculture Fact Book which is available from the USDA. This is also available in paper in Government Documents on the 5th Floor of Edmon Low Library Call#: A 1.38:/2:
  • Agricultural Statistics, published by the United States Department of Agriculture, is a classic reference to state-by-state figures in production, supply, value, and consumption of agricultural products. It is also available in print in Government Documents on the 5th Floor of Edmon Low Library, Call#: A 1.47:
  • The U.S. Census of Agriculture provides statistics by state, county and zip code. Printed and CD-ROM copies of these years and older Agriculture Census' are available in the Government Documents Reference on the 5th Floor of Edmon Low Library.

Government Publications

Many government publications are available in print in Government Documents on the 5th Floor of Edmon Low Library or through the Documents Department web page. If you are having trouble locating a particular document, please ask at their reference desk. Included below are WWW pages of some important government agencies.

USDA Home Page is the main web page of the USDA. Specific departments and services are available through this page.

Other Reference material

  • Growing a Nation: The Story of American Agriculture is a graphical representation of the history of American agriculture provided by the USDA. Condensed History of American Agriculture is a brief representation of this information.
  • Government documents is also home to soil surveys from throughout the nation. The call number for the Oklahoma collection is as follows: EAG657 S695 OK (county name) Year. These can also be searched for through the library catalog.

This page was updated by Lynne Simpson, Assistant Professor/Agricultural Sciences Librarian. This page was designed by Heather K. Moberly, Associate Professor/Veterinary Medicine Librarian.

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Last Updated: June 26, 2007