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Viticulture Research Guide: How to Search

This guide provides tips on how to search and suggestions for where to search for information about viticulture.

First, identify the key terms in your research topic or question: Are organic pest management practices effective?

Then, brainstorm synonyms for the keywords or phrases that can be used in a search engine:

organic* "pest management" effective
eco-friendly  "pest control" successful
  "pest prevention" effectual

Research tips

  • Only use words that add value to the search (don't type in full phrases or questions that include words like "are" or "the") 
  • “Truncating” words can help expand your search. Placing an asterisk at the end of the root of the word:  vine* will find vineyard + vine + their plural forms
  • Multi-word concepts, such as “biodynamic viticulture”, need quotation marks to search the words as one phrase
  • You can use three words called Boolean Operators to improve your search: AND, OR, NOT

Keywords and Subject Headings

Try using this keyword string in a search:

grape* OR wine* OR vine*

and use any of these keywords on the next line of an advanced search:

terroir, soil, climate, trellis*, technique*, viticultur*, pest*, disease*

Add a country name or region on the third line of an advanced search to further narrow your results.

Try any of these subject headings in a subject keyword search:

Grapes--Varieties.

Wine and wine making.

Viticulture.

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