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Research Guide: Botany

Finding Articles

Online Journals Available at WSU

To determine whether the Stewart Library has electronic access to a specific journal, please check the Full Text Electronic Journals & Newspapers list. 

Article Databases

To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes.  Article databases may be found using the Database Finder

Article Databases Available for Botany:

All areas of agriculture including cooperative extension, food science, forestry, home economics, nutrition, rural sociology and veterinary medicine. 1970- present  

Biological Abstracts
Biological Abstracts®, produced by BIOSIS, is a complete collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally. This database contains nearly 7.7 million archival records from as far back as 1969, with more than 370,000 citations added each year. 1996 - present

Access full text journals in biology, ecology and the environmental sciences.

Blackwell Synergy Journals
As of June 30, 2008 all journal content was merged into Wiley Interscience to become Wiley-Blackwell. After Friday, June 27, this site will no longer available.

ScienceDirect College Edition: Health & Life Sciences Journals Collection
Science Direct College Edition is a database of full-text, high quality journals published by Elsevier. The database consists of 3 different collections--Social & Behavioral Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Health & Life Sciences. Citations & abstracts are provided for pre- 2002 information and for Elsevier journals the library does not subscribe to. 2002 - present.

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: 

Search the Stewart Library web catalog to find books, videos, and journals available in the Library.  Most of the books on Botany are located on level two of the library in the General Collection under the call numbers QK, SB.

Interlibrary Loan:

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic.

In Library - Selected Reference Resources - Reference Area

  • CRC Handbook of Alternative Cash Crops  Ref SB111 .D85 1993
  • Dictionary of Plant Lore   Ref GR780 .V53 1997 (Also in general collection)
  • Flora of North America   Ref QK110.F55 1993
  • Medicinal Plants of the World   Ref  RS164 .R676 1999
  • Penguin Dictionary of Plant Sciences   Ref QK9 .P465 1999
  • Peterson 's graduate programs in the biological sciences  L901 .P444 - Ref Table 1A
  • Plant Identification Terminology - An Illustrated Glossary  Ref QK9 .H37 1994
  • Scientific Style and Format:  the CBE manual for authors, editors and publishers  Ref T11 .S386 1994  -Ref Table 4A
  • Utah Flora   Ref QK189 .U85 1993
  • The Cambridge illustrated glossary of botanical terms  Ref QK10.H53 2000
  • Naturally speaking : a dictionary of quotations on biology, botany, nature and zoology   Ref QH13.N38 2001

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Web Resources         

Cal State University's BIOWEB
Extensive, annotated list of resources. A good place to start for students and others new to the field.
Google - Uncle Sam
An internet search engine for locating websites and documents produced by the U.S. Federal Government.

Internet Directory for Botany
Searchable alphabetical and subject indexes to botany resources.

Flora of North America
Descriptions of plants of North America. Also available in the Library:  Ref QK110.F55
National Biological Information Infrastructure
Information about the NBII, (formerly the NBS) programs with links to research stations and databases. Developed and maintained by the Center for Biological Informatics of the U.S. Geological Survey
PLANTS National Database
Plant taxa known to occur as native or naturalized species within the boundaries of the U.S. and its territories. Includes common and scientific names, economic importance, growth habits, distribution maps and references to the literature. From the USDA
Scott's Botanical Links
A meta-site for botany sites maintained by Dr. Scott Russell, University of Oklahoma.

Society for Economic Botany
Economic botany news, browse table of contents of Economic Botany and read the Society's newsletter, Plants & People.

WWW Virtual Library: Botany
Good list of resources in botany


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Research Tips

  • Clearly identify your information need
  • Identify key words and search terms to match your topic
  • Develop search statements using advanced search techniques
    • Boolean logic, adjacency searching and truncation
  • Use the Stewart Library catalog to find books
  • Use the Science and Technology article databases to find journal articles
  • Go back to the online catalog to see if the journals are in Stewart Library and where they are located
  • Use Interlibrary loan to get materials that are not in Stewart Library
  • Use search engines to find Web information
  • Carefully evaluate the information you find for usefulness and quality
  • Revise your search terms and strategy to expand or narrow your results, be creative, look in other areas
  • Once you have found information from an Internet site you can Email the documents to yourself, 
    print or save them to a floppy disk  
  • Use appropriate style to document and cite research
  • Ask for Assistance at Reference , via phone, or email

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Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to JaNae Kinikin, Science Librarian
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