The research paper published in a peer-reviewed journal represents the most important "primary" source of information in soil science. The Literature of Scienceresearch guide discusses other general information sources in the sciences, including soil science.
In the HSU Library the Journal and Newpaper Finder lists soil science journals by journal title that are available to HSU students, facutly and staff. If not available locally copies can be requested through the Library's efficient Interlibrary Loan Service.
The following sources list important soil science journals by title:
Databases listed in Articles and Databases: Soil Science can be used to find individual research papers by author, subject, taxonomic category, habitat type, life stage, chemical compound, geographic area, etc. Most HSU Library literature databases include links from each record to the matching journal record in the Journal and Newspaper Finder.
Link your Google Scholar results to HSU and see which articles you have access to as an HSU student. Under Google Scholar settings, set "Library Links" to include Humboldt State University! View this short video for demonstration on how to do this.
Many articles will be available fulltext online. If you don't see the full text article, click on ""
to see if the article is in another HSU database.
If you know of an article on your topic, you may use Citation Linker to locate the article.
Always look at the References list at the end of each relevant article you find, to see if any of the listed sources might be useful!
Google Scholar is useful when searching citations. The Advanced Scholar Search option is the best way to search for articles which cite a known article. Check the 'Cited by #' link below a search result to find additional useful sources - more recent articles which cite that relevant or classic article.
Peer-reviewed articles have been read and evaluated by experts in the field to determine their quality and relevance to the subject they address before being published.
The links below explain more about peer-reviewed articles and the peer-review process.
Peer Review in 3 Minutes is a brief tutorial, from North Carolina State University that explains the peer review process in detail.