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The Library provides access to a variety of databases and full-text resources. These provide you with online access to valuable information including full-text journal articles and abstracts.

Most do not require a login on campus. Off campus, you can login to most using your Harper network login credentials. If this option is not available, details of the alternative login (if applicable) are available on the Secure Databases page.

*HOLLY? - this column indicates whether the database can be searched using HOLLY (Harper Online Library)

Resource Description HOLLY?*
Academic Complete Access to the full content of Academic Complete  (over 150,000 ebooks) covering a variety of subjects. Yes
Access to Research Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles at participating UK local public libraries. No

ACSESS DL (digital library) is the umbrella organization for three nonprofit societies: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America,  and Soil Science Society of America. Providing access to the Journal of Animal Science, Crop Science, Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America Journal amongst others.

Adlib ADLib is a constantly expanding resource that currently contains over 2500 indexed and cross-linked documents from over 60 organisations who supply advisory information to the agricultural, horticultural and land use industries. No

AgEcon Search

Free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics No
Agricology Practical, sustainable farming regardless of labels. The site provides unrivalled access to world-class information resources and champion good farming practice based on ecological principles. No

ASABE Technical Library

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Full-text journal articles, standards, conference proceedings and e-books. Subjects covered include agricultural engineering, buildings, off-road vehicles and soils. No
BAILII Find British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.



Bidwells research reports provide quality market data and commentary which provides users with valuable insights and helps with market analysis and strategic planning process. Free online short publications with a wealth of information for agriculture, food, business and planning.

BioOne BioOne is an online collection of scientific research in the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Not fully

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education that allows staff and students to record programmes from over 75 free-to-air channels; and search an archive of over 2.2 million broadcasts.

Login by selecting Harper Adams University as your institution and then use your normal login credentials.

Accessible both on and off campus.

British Library Catalogue The British Library main catalogue has millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items etc. in the Library's collections No
BSI Online

British Standards online library modules subscribed to are:

From the 1st June 2021 BSI’s documents can only be opened with the FileOpen plug-in installed on your device. IT Services at Harper Adams have created a FileOpen package that allows students and staff to download FileOpen via the 'software centre'

If the standard you want is not available online, don't forget we have a collection of print standards in the main collection of the library. If there is no access to a standard both in print and online please contact the library directly

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Burleigh Dodds

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing is an award winning, “climate-smart” publisher in agricultural science and its work will help researchers in agricultural science address how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change and increasing competition for land, water and other resources.  


Business Source Complete Business Source Complete is the industry's most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965. Yes
Resource Description HOLLY?*
CAB Abstracts

Agricultural Journal abstracts and full text records from over 100 countries. Preferable for U.K and European material.

Over 150,000 new records per year from 1973 onwards

Cattle Practice Database

British Cattle Veterinary Association's (BCVA) searchable database. Covers cattle health and welfare.

Click here for login details.

Cite them Right

CTR service shows the importance of referencing, how to write citations and build references. You can use the search feature to find the specific source that you would like to reference. Once you’ve found the source type you’re interested in, you can use the dropdown menu to view the source in your required referencing style. You can either copy/paste your reference into an assignment or email it to yourself.

Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection

Digimap allows you to view, annotate and print Ordnance Survey maps of any location in Great Britain.

An online registration process must be completed before using. You will need to re-register if you have not used Digimap since 2 August 2016.

Guide to using Digimap

Ebook Central

Our major supplier of E-books, more than 150,000 of them! You can search to see what is available on Ebook Central, but they can also be found on HOLLY

Resource Description HOLLY?*
EbscoHost Databases

5 databases to select from:

  • CAB Abstracts
  • Food Science Source
  • Greenfile
  • Library, information science & technology abstracts
  • Teacher reference centre
Emerald Access to more than 290 journals covering management and property topics Yes
Estates Gazette Radius Data Exchange

Online news, research and information service for the commercial property market.

Click here for login details.
How to find property deal details in a specific area and property news


Searchable database covering all UK PhD theses. Full text is available for many titles. Updated daily.

Quick guide to the Database page and using Ethos

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European Sources Online (ESO) An online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe No
Euromonitor See Passport below  
FAOLEX Comprehensive and up-to-date legislative and policy database, one of the world's largest electronic collection of national laws, regulations and policies on food, agriculture and renewable natural resources. No
FAOSTAT Free  access to data from 245 countries and 35 regional areas from 1961 through the most recent year available. Data provided by the Food and Agricultural Organization. No
Farmers Weekly Interactive Online version of Farmers Weekly. Login details can be found on the Secure Databases page Some
Farming Online

Online Farming information service.

Click here for login details.

Financial Times Online

Access the Financial Times online to see news reports, special reports, information on worldwide companies and trends.

Register here to get access - also available on your mobile device and alerts.

Food & Farming Futures Food and Farming Futures is an online library for food, farming, the environment, energy and rural business No
Food Science Source Full-text database withmore than 1,400 publications, including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications related to the food industry Yes
Resource Description HOLLY?*

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Advanced

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Be aware that links to journal articles may require a login; Login from the Library home page, not the publisher's page. it may also be that we do not have access to these articles.

GOV.UK This site includes DEFRA, ONS & ADAS information No
Greenfile Covers global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Full text via Open Access for more than 6,300 records. Also provides abstracts Yes
(The) Grocer

the UK’s only paid-for online service and weekly magazine with coverage of the whole FMCG sector. Customers range from directors of the large multiples to independent retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, as well as growers, food processors, manufacturers, key opinion formers and the national media.

Before logging in for the first time, you must register for an account using your Harper student/staff email address.

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This is a useful business resource with Independent and comprehensive research on more than 400 UK industries. Use the data and analysis to understand market size, assess competitors, draft business plans and pitch books, make forecasts and perform due diligence etc.

IGD Retail Analysis

Retail Analysis brings you insights into over 400 leading grocery retailers and more than 100 major and developing grocery markets.

No login required on campus.

Accessible off campus only by logging into the Virtual Desktop

IGD Supply Chain Analysis

Supply Chain Analysis gives you the latest insight, case studies and thought leadership on how to build a successful supply chain.

No login required on campus

Accessible off campus only by logging into the Virtual Desktop

IHS Markit Agribusiness

IHS Markit coverage spans the entire global agribusiness value chain, with a rich history of experience built up over hundreds of years.

Click here for login details.


iSurv contains full text information and documents on valuation, property, surveying, planning and construction.

Includes RICS Red Book, a large case law database, the Blue Book, RICS Guidance Notes, information papers and practice notes.

Click here for login details.

Resource Description HOLLY?*
Landis - Land Information System Tools include online soil mapping, datasets and soil reports. You need to register to gain access. No

Searchable database of all UK acts. Includes Scotland, Ireland and Wales, managed by the National Archives.

Lexis Library Search for case law, Scammell & Densham, All England Law Reports, Estates Gazette Law Reports as well as many other leading law and tax resources No
MGA (Maize Growers Association)

The MGA is independently run "by growers for growers".  The farmer led council commissions research on maize and wholecrop agronomy, utilisation and environmental issues.

Login details can be found on the Secure Databases page

Mintel Reports

Full text market research reports on UK Food, UK Drink, UK Retail: overview, UK Foodservice, UK Lifestyles, UK Travel, China Food and Drink, China Retail and China attitudes and trends

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Online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF).

Openstax An open access, free to use collection of ebooks ranging from business, statistics, science, engineering and more. No
Organic Eprints Organic Eprints is an international open access archive of electronic documents related to research in organic food and farming. The archive contains full-text papers together with bibliographic information, abstracts and other metadata. It also offers information on organisations, projects and facilities in the context of organic farming research. No

A global market research tool which provides strategic analysis as well as being a market size and market share database for products across key countries. It also contains information about consumers, the business environment, trade and the infrastructure of many countries.

To login off campus, click on the person symbol in the top right hand corner and select Log in. Click on OpenAthens and select Harper Adams University from the dropdown list.

PQDT Open PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. No
Pub Med Free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature No
Resource Description HOLLY?*

Access to nearly 700 scientific and technical peer reviewed journals. Subjects include Agriculture, Engineering, Energy, Business, Environmental Science and Economics.

You need to complete a registration form on your first visit.

Statista consolidates statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources.

Available without login on campus. Accessible off campus only by logging in with your normal Harper login

UK Pesticide Guide searchable database

This site offers pesticide users and advisers a comprehensive reference to pesticides and adjuvants that can be legally sold and used in the UK.

Click here for login details


The site uses video, animations, images, text and self-assessment to produce online training material available for students of veterinary nursing, animal science, animal care and veterinary science.

There is also a section for staff containing lots of teaching resources.

Click here for login details.

Web of Science Web of Science provides access to millions of references on scientific topics. Many records allow you to view only the abstract but you can also click on a link  to see if you can access the full text Yes
WildPro An electronic encyclopaedia and library for wildlife professionals' covering natural history, wildlife health and management No
Wiley Online Wiley publishes nearly 1,500 peer-reviewed journals & we have access to nearly half of them Yes
ZETOC Journal table of contents from the British Library. Set up alerts to receive the contents pages of newly published issues of favourite journals or details of articles on particular topics or by particular authors as they are published.  N.B. WORKS BEST IF YOU USE FIREFOX OR CHROME. No
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