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AGRON 645 - Soil Microbiology

Library and information resources for the soil microbology class and lab.

Library Research Guide

Suggested databases

Database searching tips

The databases provide electronic access to articles, book chapters, reports, etc., that have been compiled and cataloged by a reputable organization. K-State Libraries pay to subscribe to the databases because the information found there is generally not freely available on the Internet. Databases are global in scope and content.

  • Keywords: Before you begin searching, break your topic into key concepts; think about the terminology/keywords you wish to search for and possible synonyms. Experiment with synonymous terms that also describe your topic. You may find it helpful to refer to a thesaurus.
  • Advanced Search: The "Guided Search" or "Advanced Search" options include additional search boxes which will lend some flexibility to your queries and allow you to use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT).
    • AND = Both concepts must be present, helps limit the number of search results (Ex. stormwater AND management)
    • OR = Great for synonyms, helps broaden the search while staying within the subject area (Ex. "universal design" OR "inclusive design")
    • NOT = Exclude an unrelated term, or to weed out irrelevant results (Ex. Apple NOT fruit)
  • Subject Headings: Look for "Subject Headings," "Subjects," "Keywords" or "Descriptors" to help narrow your search. These terms or tags group topics by category. Databases may use different terms to describe your topic; therefore, construct your search using each database's language/terminology.
  • Truncation: Use a truncation symbol (*) at the end of a word or word stem. This broadens your search but stays on topic. For example, teen* searches for teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, etc.
  • Wildcard: Use a wildcard symbol (?) to search variant spelling or tenses: wom?n searches for women or woman; behavio?r searches for behavior and behaviour.
  • Help: Look for the Help link in the database.

Get materials

No full text available? Click the Power Cat symbol or the "Get It" button (logo appearance depends on the database you're searching). The Get It button searches for the full text article when it is unavailable in the database you're currently searching.

Get It button

If the article is not available electronically, you will be connected to Interlibrary Services where you may make a request for the article. Interlibrary Services borrows articles, books, and other media that K-State Libraries does not own and notifies you by email when your request is available.