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_ARE 4205 Market Planning and Survey Research in the Food Industry — Databases

Overview of market planning in the food industry, with emphasis on survey design and implementation. Student groups will work with clients to develop tailored market plans.

Business, Agriculture, and News Databases, and Other Resources

On this page are lists of databases by broad topics. All of these databases are freely available to UConn faculty, staff and students; most are proprietary resources and therefore not available to the public without a subscription.


Business & Economics Literature Databases

Newspaper Databases

Cooperative Extension System

The US Cooperative Extension System is a non-formal education program based at US land grant universities. It is designed to help people implement research-based knowledge in their lives. State extension services publish high quality, free information on many topics, including agriculture, health, disaster preparedness, energy, family issues, nutrition, landscaping and pest management. 

Anyone can search for extension information Google Scholar with "cooperative extension" [your topic]. For example: cooperative extension chicken botulism, This will search cooperative extension publications around the country which mention botulism in chickens. In Google Scholar you can force words to be searched as a phrase in the results by putting them in quotes. You can force a word to be in the results by putting a + in front of it (no space.)  For example: "cooperative extension" +chicken +botulism will require the phrase search and the last two words to be in the resulting hits.

Extension documents are a rich and ever-updated source of targeted practical information from across the country. They are not primary or peer reviewed.

Agriculture Literature Databases

Government Sites

USDA Searchable Databases: - these databases include community nutrition, food surveys, animal parasites, molecular plant pathology, germplasm resources, nematodes, botany, fungi, and entomology resources.

FDA  Food - the US department for food and drug safety has a specific section on food. This includes sections on labelling, nutrition, packaging, supplements, chemicals & metals in foods, and compliance. 

National Agricultural Law Center

The National Agricultural Law Center, based at the University of Arkansas, is an independent legal research and information service for the United States agriculture community. It is funded by the US. Department of Agriculture.Within its scope of coverage are animal welfare, biotechnology, food, biosecurity, corporate farming, environment, forestry, food safety, pesticides, renewable energy, water, and many other topics. The Center's resources and reports are available to researchers and the public. Includes a searchable blog on daily developments and RSS feeds on developments in a wide variety of topics.