Advocacy Toolbox

Provided below are some advocacy materials we hope will allow you to engage your board of directors or colleagues in a discussion about the benefits of a Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database membership at your academic institution, business, or organization. Apart from its affordable nature, TGIF isn't different from any other subscription-based dataset. Additionally, the library at your workplace or campus is probably familiar with the concept of a members-only database, including the mechanics of arranging campus-wide access, including off-campus users, proxy server setups, etc.

Academic libraries, in particular, may be interested in full-text bundling and the increasing levels of full-text availability within TGIF - which now includes full-text journal archive sites, historic monographs, turf-related theses & dissertations, images, and more!

General information for all potential members

  1. TGIF overview description
  2. TGIF database searches
  3. Extent of TGIF processing table
  4. Full-text journals available through TGIF (both public and restricted-access)
  5. Getting Started with TGIF Guide (pdf)
  6. List of serials monitored to produce TGIF
  7. Ten TGIF Basic Search Tips (pdf)

Academic-specific information

  1. Two-page color handout on TGIF including benefits and costs for perpetual consortium membership (pdf)
  2. Comparison of turf coverage -- TGIF vs. several other databases and Google Scholar. This is specifically in response to the, "We already subscribe to resources in support of our turf programs," reaction.
  3. Outline of academic consortium membership features
  4. Academic consortium membership form (pdf)