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.
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The ACDC is able to help students, researchers, teachers, journalists, communicators, and others interested in communications related to agriculture and food, feed, fiber, energy, rural improvement, and other dimensions of it. We can help you in a variety of ways, whether you are located at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois or anywhere around the world.
Remember that we specialize in agricultural communications. Every document in the ACDC collection contains both dimensions: communications and agriculture.
Below you will find suggestions for how we can help you get started with your work, regardless of your role:
Assignments, papers, presentations, projects, original research: the ACDC can help you with any of these, and more.
If you're looking for documents, and have a good idea of where to start your research, we suggest you begin by looking through the ACDC search term guide to help find the terms preferred by our online catalog. Your search will yield better, more relevant results this way. For tips on how to effectively use our document search feature, please visit our useful tips page.
If you're not sure where to begin, feel free to email the Center and invite help. If you are based on or near the University of Illinois campus, we can make an appointment to meet in person. Our hours are listed in the right sidebar of the ACDC home page and are updated every semester. For those located elsewhere, we can provide reference help via email and over the phone. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We're happy to help you in whatever way you need.
The ACDC collection is full of primary and secondary sources on agricultural communications. We have the resources to help you with your original research. By using the ACDC search term guide, you can begin your search by finding keyword terms that are relevant to your area of inquiry. You can then search by keyword in our online catalog search, BibLeaves. In the left sidebar, you can further organize and narrow your search results by publication year, format, and related keywords.
If you need further assistance, we urge you to contact us either by phone, or email. If you are local, we can book an appointment for you at the Center, where you can peruse the documents at your leisure and take advantage of our scanning policy, and the photocopiers/scanners in the Funk Library. If you are at a distance, we can help you identify documents, and locate copies either online, through interlibrary loan, or via scanning the copies in our collection.
Keep in mind that the ACDC collection contains documents that range broadly across communication theories and research methods, audience and situation analyses, case studies, historical resources, organization archives, risk communications, scientific writing skills and other research aspects of agricultural communications.
If you are a researcher or a scholar, we can offer services far beyond simply giving you online access to our unique document collection. Our staff members continually stay on top of relevant literature, historical perspectives, trending issues in the field, and significant web-based media and ephemeral web writings; we can use this expertise to help you. For example, we can help you:
Furthermore, our biweekly newsletter can help point you in the direction of the latest holdings the Center has acquired, provide context for current issues in the field of agricultural communications, and reveal personal insights from agricultural communications professionals all over the world.
Whatever the age or learning stage of your students – and wherever you teach - we can help connect you with information to develop robust courses, curricula and teaching modules about communications related to agriculture. No matter how broad or specific the topic at hand, we can help you with assignments, projects, research or other aspects of your educational concerns and goals.
In person, by phone, or email, we can help you:
You can see an example of some of the programming aid we've provided teachers on our Oral History Project page; you will find assignment examples and a coursework guide for including the Oral History podcasts in your curriculum under Resources.
Furthermore, the Center is open daily and available for orientation tours for classes. Please contact us to schedule a tour.
If you are working as a journalist or as a professional communicator, we have many services tailored to meet your needs. We can help you:
The Center can provide professionals and pre-professionals who are interested in agricultural communications with many valuable services and insights. We can help:
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. You may find more helpful information about our service on our FAQs page, our Useful Tips page, and our Strategic Planning page. We look forward to working with you!