More than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers are now easier to access with the unveiling of the National Agricultural Library's PubAg, a free, user-friendly research search engine, USDA said Tuesday.
The PubAg search engine provides literature searches and full-text access of USDA research dating back to 1997. New articles will be added frequently and older articles will be added if possible, USDA said.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher.
This initial group of literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL's database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL's significant bibliographic records.
PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students, USDA said. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.
NAL, part of USDA's Agricultural Research Service, has one of the world's largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available, USDA said.