AgEcon search - History and future of a collaborative subject repository

Louise Letnes, Julia Kelly

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AgEcon Search is a free-to-user subject repository containing the full text of the grey literature and small press journals of agricultural and applied economics. It has developed over the last 14 years, through a close relationship between librarians and economists. Growth in international documents is in the future plan for AgEcon Search, and the developers hope it will serve as a prototype for subject repositories in other disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-328
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Information
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 19 2008

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These established ties between librarians and economists were very important as AgEcon Search was developing. An advocate at the USDA’s Economic Research Service helped secure funding from his agency for computer support and travel, and the AAEA provided funding for the AgEcon Search coordinators to attend their annual meeting and have a booth among the exhibits. Beginning in 1998, the Association required authors presenting papers at the annual meeting to post their papers on AgEcon Search 2 months before the meeting or they would be dropped from the program.


  • Agricultural economics
  • Grey literature
  • Liaisons
  • Subject repositories


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