Sources for your Literature Review

For Books, use "Search for books, journals, articles, media and more"

For Journal Articles, try these databases

  • AgEcon Search - economics and policy,international coverage
  • Agricola - from USDA
  • Agris - from FAO, good international coverage
  • BIOSIS - biological literature
  • CAB - the biggest ag database
  • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index - scholarly and trade publications
  • Google Scholar - set Scholar Preferences for Find It

Find them using the Databases A-Z link or Resources by Subject box under Horticulture

Tips for searching

  • Be creative and flexible in your language
  • Find one good article and reuse its terms
  • Combine and recombine
  • Try more than 1 index

Other Sources

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh 

Minnesota Horticultural Society Library

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network 

Flora of North America

UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium 

The Plant List

Local nurseries and garden centers

Seed and perennial plant catalogs

           Plant Info Online - from the U of M Andersen Horticultural Library

Amateur plant societies

University of Minnesota Herbarium 

Alaska sources

Studebaker, S. 2010. Wildflowers and other plant life of the Kodiak Archipelago. A guid for the flora of Kodiak and Southcentral Alaska. Sense of Place Press, Kodiak, AK. (Soon to be on Reserve in Magrath Library)

Hulten, E. 1968. Flora of Alaska and neighboring territories. A manual of the vascular plants. Stanford University Press, CA.  (On Reserve in Magrath Library)

Examples of info on horticulture by country

United States

Sites covering many countries

Examples of sites from individual countries

Searching for books

At the U of M, use "Search for books, journals, articles, media and more" on the U Libraries Web site

British Library

Library of Congress


National libraries or large university libraries in regions where your plant grows

Evaluating what you find

The CRAAP test - Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose

Organizing your references

Citation Managers - background on Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote

Helpful Library services

Arrange for an Interlibrary Loan - Free service for getting books and articles we don't have at the U

Check out earlier HORT 4141W papers in the University Digital Conservancy

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2020 3:15 PM