serves as the catalog and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library, as well as a primary
public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats
and periods, including printed works from as far back as the 15th century.
The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines,
including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming
and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and
Although the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) does not contain
the text of the materials it cites, thousands of its records are linked to full-text documents online, with new
links added daily. For information on how to obtain library materials not provided via such a link, see the Help
text on Requesting Materials.
The NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) is organized into two
bibliographic data sets:
- The NAL
Online Public Access Catalog contains citations to books, audiovisuals, serials, and other materials, most
of which are in the Library's collection. (The Catalog does contain some records for items not held at
- The Article Citation Database includes citations,
many with abstracts, to journal articles (see Journals
Indexed in AGRICOLA), book chapters, reports, and reprints, selected primarily from the materials found in the
Both data sets are updated daily with newly cataloged and indexed materials. Each may be searched separately, or the
two may be searched together. The NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) may also be accessed on a fee basis through several commercial vendors, either
online or on CD-ROM, or its data file may be leased from the National
Technical Information Service.
To learn more about the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA), see
the Common Questions page, along with the AGRICOLA Specifications for
Cataloging and Indexing Records.
Note: Data from the NAL
Catalog (AGRICOLA) are for personal use only. Users are responsible for complying with all associated copyright and licensing