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Research Practices and Support Services in Agriculture at Auburn University


This study examines the current and emerging research practices of academic and extension faculty from the field of agriculture at Auburn University in order to identify the resources and services that faculty need to be successful in their research and related professional duties and activities. This is one of 19 studies with similar objectives that are being conducted at selected United States universities and colleges and the USDA's National Agricultural Library. We conducted in-person interviews of 15 faculty who responded to questions on their areas of research; research methodologies used in their research; sources of research information; standard information searching methods and approaches; publication practices; research trends; and challenges that impede the research process. Responses were audio-recorded, transcribed and then interview transcripts were coded to identify the key responses and major themes.