All databases and online indexes are accessible on ACORNweb from: http://visual.acornweb.org/databases/ with a valid library card number. Databases and indexes were evaluated based on the amount of relevant articles available on the topic of sustainable agriculture and related practices, credibility of the sources therein, and finally if articles were available in full-text format for free. A sample of notable articles is listed for each.

AccessScience: “Encyclopedia for all areas of science and technology. Read articles, research updates, and biographies of leading scientists throughout history.”

Notable articles:
  • Barker, K. and Hussey, L. (2009). Pest management. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from McGraw Hill AccessScience Online Encyclopedia. (Document ID: DOI 10.1036/1097- 8542.YB001160) .
  • West, S. (2009). Population growth and sustainable development. Retrieved July 17, 2009 from McGraw Hill AccessScience Online Encyclopedia. (Document ID: DOI 10.1036/1097- 8542.YB040405).


Biography Resource Center: “In-depth coverage of current and historic people from almost every field of endeavor and from around the world. Includes reference resources, articles, and portraits.”

Notes: This database has biographies for and news/magazine articles about and by some of the important people involved in the sustainable agriculture movement (i.e. Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, Marion Nestle.)


Expanded Academic ASAP: “From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.”

Notable Articles:
  • Belik, V. (2008). Bringing the farm to the inner city: how one CSA is improving food security in Winnipeg.(community shared agriculture). Alternatives Journal, 34,13. Retrieved July 16, 2009 from Expanded Academic ASAP database. (Document ID: A181643391).
  • Costa, N. D. (2007). Reducing the meat and livestock industry's environmental footprint. Nutrition & Dietetics: The Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia. 64, 7. Retrieved July 16, 2009 from Expanded Academic ASAP database. (Document ID: A169311706).
  • McGinnis, L. (2007). Show me the money: why economics is essential for sustainable agriculture. Agricultural Research, 55, 8-12. Retrieved July 16, 2009 from Expanded Academic ASAP database. (Document ID: A166275346).


Newspapers by Proquest: “Current and archived stories from major US and International newspapers. Includes Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more.”

Notable Articles:
  • Clucas, D.. (2009, May). Mod Market strives for sustainable fast-food. Boulder County Business Report, 28, 8A. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from Mountain Region Newsstand. (Document ID: 1712752541).
  • Coffee sector joins hands with agriculture initiative. (2009, January). BusinessWorld. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from International Newsstand. (Document ID: 1631138121).
  • Pollan, M.. (2007, December). Our Decrepit Food Factories. New York Times Magazine,25- 26,28. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from ProQuest National Newspapers Premier. (Document ID: 1400765411).
  • Reinsch, L.M. (2009, April). Green U: Higher education makes a sustainable push. Marketplace, 20, 10. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from Midwest Newsstand. (Document ID: 1689535471).
  • Shie-Lynn, L. (2009, July 15). Backers aren't buyers for earth-friendly palm oil --- Plantations growing sustainable product walk a difficult path. The Wall Street Journal, M.2. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from International Newsstand. (Document ID: 1787450371).