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Biological systems engineering

Biological systems engineering is the study of the engineering knowledge and practices that can be applied to the protection of natural resources and the improvement of sustainable production, processing, and utilization of biological materials. Virginia Tech's degree and research emphasis is on bioprocessing, food engineering, physical properties of biological materials, land and water conservation engineering, watershed engineering, nonpoint source pollution control, surface water and groundwater quality modeling, knowledge-based systems, geographic information systems, ecological engineering, and waste management.

Getting started with academic research | Overview of biological systems engineering | Recommended databases | Early literature

  • ASABE Technical Library

        American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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    ASABE Technical Library

    The ASABE Technical Library contains the full text of conference proceedings, meeting papers, journals, standards, and technical papers of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (PDF and HTML). Some books and textbooks are also available (each chapter is a separate PDF).  

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  • CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

        CAB
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    CAB Abstracts from CABDirect

    CAB Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journals, books, reports, handbooks, conference proceedings, field notes, and theses in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary sciences, applied economics, nutrition, tourism, and the environment. Includes the CAB Abstracts Archive. Some full text available as PDFs. 1910s-present.  

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  • Engineering Village

        Engineering Village
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    Engineering Village

    Engineering Village is the search interface to three engineering databases: Compendex, Inspec, and NTIS. Compendex indexes citations and abstracts from over 5,000 engineering journals, conference papers, books, patents, dissertations, and technical reports. Inspec indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and dissertations in engineering and physical sciences. NTIS indexes citations and abstracts of National Technical Information Service reports and audiovisual materials from sources such as NASA and the departments of Energy and Defense. 1884-present.  

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  • Biotechnology & Bioengineering Abstracts from ProQuest

        ProQuest search screen
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    Biotechnology and Bioengineering Abstracts from ProQuest

    Biotechnology Research Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts in medicine, agriculture, and engineering related journals, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and patents. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1982-present.  

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  • ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts from ProQuest

        ProQuest search screen
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    ASFA: Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts from ProQuest

    ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract indexes citations and abstracts of all aspects of aquatic resources, including life sciences, economics, and social science/public policy aspects. Sources include journals, books, conference papers, reports, patents, dissertations, and maps. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1971-present.  

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  • AGRICOLA from ProQuest

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    AGRICOLA from ProQuest

    AGRICOLA indexes citations for journal articles, books, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture, life sciences, nutrition, and environmental science. This database provides selective worldwide coverage of primary information sources in agriculture and related fields. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1970-present.  

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  • Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide from EBSCOHost

        EBSCOhost interface
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    Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide from EBSCOHost

    Fish, Fisheries & Aquatic Biodiversity Worldwide indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports on the agricultural, biological, and natural resource aspects of fish and fisheries. Full text available in HTML and PDF. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1700s-present; most content is 1970-present.  

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