How to navigate through AGROVOC

In order to select the most relevant AGROVOC descriptors for querying the database you can use various links between the AGROVOC descriptors to see the logic of the structure.Before selecting terms for querying the database it is a good idea to navigate through the thesaurus. There are three basic navigation methods:

  • browsing the alphabetic list
  • browsing the Keywords Out of Context list (KWOC) 
  • navigating between descriptors (using links from among the terms)
If you are looking for a term and would like to see the alphabetic context use the alphabetic navigation option. If you want to see a given keyword in various descriptors choose KWOC navigation.
 
 
AGROVOC thesaurus

Start from: 
ABA
ABACA: ABACA
ABALONES: ABALONES
ABAMECTIN use: AVERMECTINS
ABANDONED: ABANDONED LAND

LAND, ABANDONED
      use: ABANDONED LAND (....)

Alphabetical order

Here you see a part of the thesaurus displayed in alphabetical order. To see another part, use the text field, indicating where you want to start alphabetic browsing, and then pressing the BROWSE button.

Each descriptor term is linked to the full descriptor record. The non-descriptors show links to the descriptors (e.g. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE use SUSTAINABILITY ). If you click on SUSTAINABILITY the system will provide the full display of the descriptor.

You can continue navigating using any of the related links: narrower, broader, or related terms. 

Keywords out of context

In many cases alphabetic navigation is not sufficient to find a given descriptor because the word you are looking for may be used within the descriptor but does not appear at the start of the term. If for example you are interested in radiation you would like to see not only those descriptors starting with radiation but also those having this word at the second or third position. In this case choose KWOC navigation. When you select this option the system starts with the KWOC list from the letter a. You can use the text field and Browse button to jump to any part of the KWOC list of the thesaurus. If you specify in the Browse text area the keyword radiation the following list appears:
 

AGROVOC Thesaurus

Start from: 


BALANCE, RADIATION
      use: RADIATION BALANCE
BIOLOGY, RADIATION
      use:  BIOLOGY    and  RADIATION
DAMAGE, RADIATION
      use:  RADIATION DAMAGE
ECOLOGY, RADIATION
      use:  ECOLOGY    and  RADIATION
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION
      use:  RADIATION
RADIATION:  GAMMA RADIATION

Note that non-descriptors are also on the KWOC list, but only serve to indicate the proper descriptor (use reference). Some non-descriptors may indicate more than one descriptor. So, if you want to make a search using ECOLOGY, RADIATION a combination of two descriptors ECOLOGY and RADIATION should be used. Each descriptor term is linked to the full descriptor record. Whenever you click on the term you see the full description of the descriptor term.

Links among terms

The navigation between descriptors can be done when a full descriptor is displayed (see below). By clicking on the descriptor, you move to the narrower term. 
 
 

AGRVOC Request Results

ABALONES
 
SN: lsscaap group b-52 
 
UF: ORMERS 
 
BT: SHELLFISH
 
RT: HALIOTIS
MARINAURIS
NOTOHALIOTIS
SCHISMOTIS