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Viticulture Research Guide

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

Topic & Keywords

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:


Wine and wine making.


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