Digital Repository Provides Public Access Online to Selected USDA
Publications / April 25, 2006 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research
Lithographic plate of "Lady Gould finch," from a
digitized article on cage-bird traffic in the 1906 Yearbook of
Image courtesy National Agricultural Library
Digital Repository Provides Public Access Online
to Selected USDA Publications By
Carey April 25, 2006
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has established an online digital
repository providing convenient public access to the full text of selected
U.S. Department of Agriculture
NAL, the largest and most accessible agricultural library in the
world, is part of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's chief scientific research
The NAL Digital Repository (NALDR) contains a wide variety of
publications that have been digitized and made available online.
While documents will continually be added to NALDR, currently
available in the repository are:
- The Rural Development
Publication Digitizing Project, providing access to publications produced
since the 1800s and chosen as being the most relevant titles on rural
development. These include the entire series of Rural Development Research
Reports, Rural Development Perspectives, Agricultural Economic Reports, and
Agriculture Information Bulletins, as well as selected Economic Research Staff
Reports and the first 300 volumes of Agriculture Handbooks.
of the United States Department of Agriculture series. Published from 1894
to 1992, the yearbooks contain statistical information, summaries of research
developments and comprehensive surveys of particular subjects important to
agriculture, providing an important annual "snapshot" of U.S. agriculture. The
yearbooks for 1894 to 1914 are currently available in the NALDR. The remaining
volumes will be added in 2006.
For the user, the NALDR offers several features to facilitate
searching and access, including fully searchable text, quick-loading files and
a printing/downloading option for converting images to the commonly used
Portable Document Format (PDF).
The NALDR focuses on print publications that have been digitized, and
is the first component of what NAL plans as an integrated electronic repository
for agricultural literature incorporating an array of electronic documents.