This international resource and service from the University of Illinois features concepts, issues, media and methods for human communications related to food and nutrition, farming and rural life, natural resources and the environment, renewable energy, natural fibers, rural development and other aspects of agriculture. Welcome to this interactive website and please check with us whenever we can help you identify and gather information.
510 Funk ACES Library
1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
A: The ACDC is a collection that brings together materials that address issues related to both agriculture and communications. All items in our collection must focus on both areas in order to be applicable for inclusion in our collection. The collection may be accessed through our specialized search function, BibLeaves. If you are interested in a document in our collection that you cannot access online, please contact us. We are able to scan and send up to twenty pages for use in your research.
In addition to serving as a special collection in the ACES library, the Center provides several services for our patrons. We are able to offer specialized help for researchers of all skill levels and backgrounds. We invite you to read out Personal Search Help page for further information on all the ways we are able to help. Furthermore, the Center publishes a twice-monthly e-Newsletter that examines current trends in the field, spotlights relevant literature the Center is collecting, and features insights from Agricultural Communicators all over the world. Feel free to look through our Newsletter Archive for more information.
If you believe the Center's unique collection and/or services may be of use to you, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call at 217-300-0029, or schedule a visit to the Funk ACES library, where our offices and collection are located.
A: The ACDC collection is the only one of its kind; it is the largest resource of information about agricultural communications. As a result, we have patrons accessing our database from all over the world.
In addition to the unique subject matter of the materials we collect, we also offer very personalized services to help all patrons with research questions related to all dimensions of agricultural communications. For further information:
A: "Agriculture" can encompass any aspect of the food, fiber, agri-energy, natural resource, and rural sectors of societies. For example, it can deal with:
A: "Communications" can involve:
Note: The ACDC collection does not include literature about formal (credit-based) education, except that related to agricultural journalism and communications. Literature about school-based agricultural education is available in other collections, such as ERIC. We do, however, collect documents about non-formal education, such as extension workshops or field schools for farmers.
A: A good place to start is by going to our document search, BibLeaves. Our documents can be searched for by title, author, and keyword. If you are interested in a particular subject, you may consider starting out by looking at our Search Term Guide; this will help you locate the terminology that the ACDC uses to subject-index our collection, which in turn will produce more fruitful results for your keyword-based searches.
BibLeaves can further narrow your search parameters by publication year and format, so you are able to locate the most relevant documents for your search. Please see our Useful Tips page or watch our Video Tutorials for more information on using BibLeaves effectively.
If you need advice or help identifying potentially helpful and relevant materials for your project, do not hesitate to contact us via phone or email. Our subject matter experts are happy to help you identify documents, keywords, and authors to consider in your research, even if you're on a tight deadline.
A: We recommend beginning your document search by searching in BibLeaves. For more information about Bibleaves, please see our Useful Tips page or watch our Video Tutorials. Alternatively, if you need help identifying relevant documents, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The ACDC collection is non-circulating. We try to provide links to all of our items that are available online and we try to keep them updated as much as possible, but it is very common for links to lose their functionality. If you find a dead link, please email us at email@example.com. Furthermore, depending on your institutional affiliation, you may not be able to access certain documents; again, please contact us for access.
We also provide scanning services for documents that are fewer than 20 pages long. For longer documents, please consider using inter-library loan. You are also invited to make an appointment to come to the Center to conduct your research. The Funk ACES library has scanners and printers you may use to make copies of our documents for research purposes.
A: Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 217-300-0029. If you're not sure we offer the kind of help you need, please see all the services we offer on our Personal Search Help page; we are here to help!
A: When appropriate under fair use provisions, the Center will scan requested documents that are fewer than 20 pages in length for use in and educational and/or research context. Other arrangements will be considered with you for longer documents or those not easily scanned.
A: That there are no charges for our services to the public or academic community, however if the request is not available in our collection we can make inquiries through inter-library loan and other resource venues.
If you believe you have materials that would be of interest to the Center and you are interested in contributing them to the collection, please read through our Contribute Materials page. If you're not sure about the kind of materials we collect from donors, we encourage you to look over our Contributed Collections page.
A: You can become a volunteer staff associate, helping identify and bring resources into the ACDC collection as you keep yourself up to date on your area of interest in agricultural journalism and communications. For example:
If so, contact us and we will explore possibilities.
A: The ACDC wants to work with you! If you are an individual or a representative of an organization interested in pursuing a project related to agricultural communications, the ACDC may be interested in collaborating with you. For more information please see our Explore Special Projects page, or contact us directly.