If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.
The best way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. Try to choose specific keywords. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic. Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.
Call Number Ranges
Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.
|SB 317.5 - 450.87||Horticulture (The Big Topic)|
|SB 450.9 - SB 467||Gardens and Gardening|
|SB 469 - SB 476.4||Landscape Gardening|
|SB 599 - SB 990.5||Diseases and Pests (includes treatment and control)|
E-Books and Streaming Videos
These online books and videos can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
- Knovel Library
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
- EBSCO E-books
- EBSCO E-books is a large and varied collection of e-books, including several horticulture titles
Books & Videos in Other Libraries
Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. You can use your COD Library card to download articles from off-campus.
Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: http://www.cod.edu/library/resources/subjectdb/
- Associates Program Source Plus
Associates Programs Source Plus is designed specifically for junior & community colleges with a primary focus on disciplines of study within associate degrees and certification programs. Areas explored include accounting, agricultural sciences, child care services, cosmetology, culinary arts, forestry, food service management, graphic arts, hair dressing, hospitality management, interior design, journalism, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, veterinary technology and welding to name a few.
- Science Direct
Science Direct provides indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, earth science, biology and other related disciplines.
- Scientific American
- Scientific American Archive Online is a comprehensive, searchable science and technology resource containing the full text and graphics of every Scientific American issue from 1993 to the present. The archive features the writings and colorful graphics that readers of Scientific American have come to depend upon. Each of the more than 4,000 articles in the archive is available to view online or to download in PDF, and presented exactly as originally printed in the magazine. In addition to the regular monthly issues of the magazine, users will find all of the Scientific American special issues included in the archive as well.
See the Horticulture Research Databases page for other useful databases.
Listed below are high-quality websites useful for a variety of horticulture topics, but there are many others you can find on your own. Remember there are many specialized search tools you can use and to carefully evaluate any information you find on the web.
Illinois' Best Plants
Ohio State Plant Facts
Upper Midwest Plants
National Plant Database
VA Tech: Woody Plant Key
vPlants : a Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region
University of Florida Herbarium Collections Catalog