Research Topic ____________________________________
Objective: Get acquainted with different information providers and their publications
1. What major subject area
does your topic fall under?
(Hint: Use the Library of Congress Subject Heading to determine what major subject heading your topic will fall under.)
A. Professional societies/associations
(Hint: Use the scholarly-societies web page
a. List societies, organizations and associations (more than one) that you think may be related to your topic
b. Provide a brief description of one of the societies you selected. What do they do?
c. List journals and/or newsletters published by this society.
d. Does this society have a student chapter? How can you join and how much are the fees?
e. Does this society provide statistics/data?
B. Societies form from the industries
(Hint: The Open Directory
This site provides access to a variety of societies; use the commercial ones only.
Or you can try the
Agricultural Resources Directory
The Internet will be a good source
a. List societies (more than one) that you think may be related to your topic and that are sponsored by the industrial sector.
b. Give a brief description of one of the societies you selected. What do they do?
c. List trade journals, magazine, and/or newsletters published by this society.
d. Does this society provide marketing information/data?
C. Government sources and
(Hint: Use UDSA websites http://www.usda.gov/
Or the Subject Guide to the U.S. Government Reference Sources
Call # DOCS Reference S83 R61 1993.
You can also use the
Oregon Agricultural Resources Directory
a. What agency(s) in the USDA has responsibility or jurisdiction related to your topic? What do they publish?
b. How do you get ahold of these publications?
c. What is the URL of the OSU Extension Service homepage?
d. Do they publish statistics?
D. Academic researchers, government researchers and commercial researchers.
a. Are there faculty members in universities located in the PNW working on research related to your topic? What are their names and institutional affiliations?
b. Are there researchers in the government (e.g. extension, experimental lab or executive branch) working on research related to your topic? What
are their names and their working units?