Interested in learning more about rural studies? Consider pursuing a Rural Studies minor while at EIU. An interdisciplinary program, courses span the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. Explore the Rural Studies program at www.eiu.edu/rural.
Reference sources provide excellent background information on a topic and are great sources to identify keywords to use in searching for books and journal articles. Check the end of the reference article -- often there are additional resources to help you expand your search on a given topic. See results for the sample search on the keywords rural and rural education.
Reference booksFind the below resources shelved in the Reference Room on the main floor of Booth Library.
The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (section on Rural Life)
-- Call number REF F351 .A534 2007
Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People
-- Call number REF E169.12 .E5 2008x
See also: entries within subject-specific encyclopedias, e.g.,
"Rural aging" in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
-- Call number REF HM425 .B53 2007
"The urban/rural divide: understanding voter participation by location" in Voting in America
-- Call number REF JK1976 .V69 2008
|Agricultural conservation ....................||S604.5 - 604.64|
|Agricultural industries ........................||HD9000 - 9495|
|Agriculture (industry) .........................||HD1401 - 2210|
|Farm economics and management ......||S560 - 571.5|
|History of agriculture .........................||S419 - 482|
|Natural resources, conservation of ......||S900 - 972|
|Rural geography ...............................||GF127|
|Rural health and health services .........||RA771 - 771.7|
|Rural sociology .................................||HT401 - 485|
Not all subdisciplines of rural studies have a unique call number range. If you don't see your area of interest listed above, try searching the library catalog using keywords like rural poverty or rural sexuality.
Search the library catalog:
Subject headings relevant to rural studies
|Agricultural conservation||Agricultural pollution|
|Agricultural geography||Agricultural subsidies|
|Agricultural innovations||Farm buildings|
|Agricultural laws and legislation||Farm management|
|Business & Economics|
|Agricultural development projects||Rural industries|
|Cottage industries||Women in rural development|
|Education, Rural||Rural schools|
|Land use, Rural||Water in agriculture|
|Rural geography||Water-supply, Agricultural|
|Rural-urban migration (away from rural areas)||Water-supply, Rural|
|Urban-rural migration (toward rural areas)|
|Medicine, Rural||Rural hospitals|
|Rural health||Rural mental health services|
|Rural health services||Rural nursing|
|Literature & Literacy|
|Pastoral poetry||Rural libraries|
|People & Populations|
|Agricultural laborers||Rural elderly|
|Farmers||Rural gay people|
|Rural children||Rural LGBT people|
|Rural teenagers||Rural population|
|Rural youth||Rural women|
|Social service, Rural|
|Country homes||Rural conditions|
|Country life||Rural families|
|Farm life||Rural poor|
|Housing, Rural||Sociology, Rural|
|Electricity in agriculture||Rural electrification|
|Remote area power supply systems||Rural telecommunication|
|Add these terms to your search, as desired!|
|Multidisciplinary||Academic Search Complete|
|Biological & Agricultural Index Plus|
|Business and Economics||Business Source Elite|
|Communication Studies||Communication & Mass Media Complete|
|Health Sciences||Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition|
|PubMed with EIU Electronic Journals|
|History||America: History and Life (U.S. History)|
|Historical Abstracts (World History)|
|Literature||Humanities International Complete|
|MLA International Bibliography|
|Sociology||Social Sciences Abstracts|
Not sure where to begin? Choose Academic Search Complete and try some of the subject terms suggested in the Find Books section above.
Ask a librarian for assistance with locating resources related to rural studies.
IllinoisRural Definitions in Illinois (U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA), Economic Research Service)
Dozens of definitions for "rural" are currently used by Federal and State agencies, researchers, and policymakers.
Illinois Agricultural Statistics (USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service)
USDA's NASS Illinois Field Office is operated in cooperation with the The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Illinois State Fact Sheets (USDA, Economic Research Service)
Information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports.
Illinois State Guide to Rural Health (Rural Assistance Center)
Breakdown of rural health and human services resources in Illinois.
Federal ResourcesAtlas of Rural and Small-Town America (USDA, Economic Research Service)
The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America assembles statistics on four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: People, Jobs, Agriculture, and County Classifications.
Rural Data Portal (Housing Assistance Council)
A simple, easy to use, on-line resource that provides essential information on the social, economic, and housing characteristics of communities in the United States.
Rural Economy & Population (USDA, Economic Research Service)
ERS data and research related to Business & Industry, Employment & Education, Natural Amenities, Population & Migration, Rural Classifications, Rural Development Policy, and Rural Poverty & Well-being.
Rural Statistics (U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder)
Browse tables of urban/rural statistics. **View this very useful slideshow** for help in locating rural statistics using American FactFinder.
Urban and Rural Areas (U.S. Census Bureau)
Statistics have been split into urban and rural categories in decennial census publications for over a century. The definition of "urban" has changed over time in response to changes in settlement patterns, data use needs, and technology available for use in defining urban areas.
Census of Agriculture (USDA)
Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.
Farm Economy (USDA, Economic Research Service)
ERS data and research related to Agricultural Baseline Projections, Agricultural Productivity, Agricultural Science Policy, Beginning & Disadvantaged Farmers, Bioenergy, Commodity Outlook, Farm & Commodity Policy, Farm Household Well-being, Farm Labor, Farm Sector Income & Finances, Farm Structure and Organization, Federal Tax Issues, and Land Use, Land Value & Tenure.
National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)
Conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture.
Rural Education in America (U.S. Dept of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES))
Information about educational changes taking place in rural America. This site provides access to recent data collected by the NCES, as well as the Census Bureau.
Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health (Rural Assistance Center)
A comprehensive look at major rural-relevant statistical sources. This list includes data sources focused on healthcare services, health status, demographics, and social determinants of health.
Rural Health (National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Health Services Research Information Central)
A research portal of health services research resources.
What's Different about Rural Health Care? (National Rural Health Association)
Rural Americans face a unique combination of factors that create disparities in health care not found in urban areas.
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Loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
Rural Development Research Guide (Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University)
Designed to be a tool to give rural residents easy access to information on government programs and services. The guide is a searchable database which lists programs by program name, organization, category, or by keyword.
Call number: GF127 .W68 2011
|Sod Busting: How Families Made Farms on the Ninteenth-Century Plains
Call number: S441 .D28 2014
|Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America
Call number: HC110 .P6 D86 2014
|Rural Families and Work: Context and Problems
Electronic book: Access Here
|Raised Up Down Yonder: Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama
Call number: E185.93.A3 H69 2013
|Rural Nursing: Concepts, Theory and Practice
Electronic book: Access Here
|Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America
Call number: HQ76.3.U5 J58 2013
|The Farmers' Game: Baseball in Rural America
Call number: GV863.A1 V38 2013
|GIS Applications in Agriculture
Call number: G70.212 .G555 2007
|Gender in Agriculture: Closing the Knowledge Gap
Electronic book: Access Here
|Career Opportunities in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Call number: S494.5.A4 E24 2011
|The Land, the People
Call number: S521 .P36 2010x
|Born in the Illinois Cornfields
Call number: CT275.D32537 A3 2000x