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Horticultural Sciences: Journal Articles

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Article Types

What type of article are you looking for or looking at?

The categories are not rigid, and some of them overlap.  Here are some hints to help identify characteristics of an article:

Research articles are typically published in a journal and are highly likely to have been peer-reviewed. They are structured like lab reports, with sections for:  the abstract or summary of the project, introduction and literature review, hypothesis or experimental question, method or process used, data gathered,  the analysis or interpretation of the data, and conclusions. Their purpose is to serve as the primary (first) report of research, and they are used by practitioners as a theoretical base for their applications. Research articles contain highly technical language for an experienced or educated audience. Not every article in a peer-reviewed journal is guaranteed to be peer-reviewed.  Many academic or research journals also have editorials, comments, conference summaries, and reviews.

Peer reviewed (or refereed) articles are usually (but not always) research articles. They are frequently, but not always, identified by string of acceptance dates. When you see that time passed between submission of the draft and final acceptance, you know that the author’s peers reviewed the article for sense and value of the contribution, and submitted suggestions to make the article stronger.

Review articles can identify trends, replication of results, and hypotheses that need further research and testing. They are intended for knowledgeable audiences, but they can be helpful to readers who are new to a topic because they summarize a lot of previous research and they may point out which of those articles are the most significant contributions to new knowledge in the field.

Technical reports are structured like case studies: or "how I solved this problem." They typically cite research articles as the basis for methods chosen.  They serve as a project report to the funding source, which may be a federal, state, or local government agency.  Tech reports are not always available; they may be kept proprietary, especially if client is a non-governmental corporation.

Conference papers are usually reports on "work in progress" and may be incomplete.  In some cases the paper may be peer-reviewed, and sometimes only the abstract is peer-reviewed.  Conference papers might be published in conference proceedings, or the authors may wait to publish the complete version of the article in a peer-reviewed journal.

Trade publications are frequently called magazines or journals.  They serve to keep practitioners up to date about products, meetings, and research summaries.They are structured informally, and they contain lots of advertising and news.  Articles are brief and usually do not have references at the end. Example:  C&E News

Popular articles are found in magazines and news sources, and are intended for non-specialist audiences.

Websites, press releases, encyclopedia entries, and other formats may be intended for either popular or specialist audiences. These items are never the original report of research, though.

Horticultural Science Databases

  • CAB Abstracts
    Great for multi-disciplinary research with international scope.  One of the largest bibliographic databases covering international research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, animal health, forestry, human health and   nutrition, and management and conservation of natural resources.
  • Agricola (National Agricultural Library Catalog)
    Primarily for U. S. agriculture.  A bibliographic database consisting of literature citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture.  Links to full text documents are provided whenever possible.
  • Biosis
    Great for biological sciences/organism information. Indexes over 6000 journals covering biological research, medical research, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes indexing of meetings, review articles, books reviews, book chapters, software, and U.S. patents.
  • Web of Science
    General multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,500 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world back to 1900. Also provides cited reference searching to see who has cited whom.
  • EDIS - Extension Digital Information Source
    UF IFAS extension documents. Applied information related to crops, finance, family, etc.
  • Biological & Agricultural Index
    Agricultural research, biology, environmental science, genetics, horticulture, physiology, veterinary medicine, wildlife management and much more
  • Agris (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology)
    International agriculture information maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • Ecology Abstracts (1982-current)
    Current ecology research across a wide range of disciplines, reflecting recent advances in light of growing evidence regarding global environmental change and destruction
  • ASAE
    Technical documents published by American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • SciFinder Scholar (or UF Access Instructions)
    Chemicals and substances, including biological materials


A-Z Database List  Access alphabetical list of all databases in all subjects available from the libraries

How to Find Journal Articles

Journal articles can be found in a variety of places. As of Summer 2021, you can search for articles in the library catalog. Library subscriptions integrate with Google Scholar - follow the Find it @UF link. You can also search for articles within in our many databases. See Recommended Databases or see the complete list of databases we subscribe to at Databases A-Z.

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