Botany Research Guide



Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Botany classes.

You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of the resources below from off campus. If your card is not working, it may need to be reactivated.

If you need additional help, use my contact information at the right or contact a reference librarian.

Image Credit: Stanley Thomas Clough, "Let Them Grow", 1939.
  1. Reference
  2. Books, Videos, Models
  3. Articles
  4. Websites
  5. Cite

Reference Works

Use reference sources to discover background information on a topic. This will help you to refine your search in the catalog and databases (as well as your thesis!).

Looking for something about climate change or current event related? Try CQ Researcher or Issues and Controversies to get background information.

Reference Works about Plants (General)

Reference Works about Plant Identification

Reference Works about Plant Names

Reference Works about Our Region

Finding Books and Videos

Use the COD Library catalog to find books & videos.

  1. Search using multiple search terms where possible.
  2. Limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language.
  3. Not finding what you need in our collection? Try requesting a book



The Library owns many Botany films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. In addition to searching the catalog by subject or title, you can check the list of titles at:

Botany / Zoology / Microbiology AV or Find videos related to General Biology


Check out our botany models.

Using Databases

The Library subscribes to databases that provide access to thousands of popular and scholarly journals. Request copies of articles that are not available in the databases through Interlibrary Loan for free.

Best Bets: Databases
  • Academic Search Complete
    This database covers botany in a wide range of sources, including popular and scholarly articles. Find current events and academic research.
  • Academic OneFile
    Academic OneFile also covers popular and scholarly topics in botany.
  • Science Direct
    Full-text of hundreds of scientific journals from the publisher Elsevier. Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu.

Don't see what you're looking for here? Try the full list of science databases.

Struggling to read the articles once you've found them? You can use Credo or Gale reference collections to look up certain words. Also take a look at this guide to reading a research article.

Interlibrary Loan


See the words Find This underneath an article citation rather than a PDF or HTML link? Click on Find This to launch a new tab that will tell you if the article is in another database. If you see "Full Text is Available" on the next screen, click on "View Full Text" to launch one more tab that with the article.

If you see the words "Online Resource Not Found", then click the "Request this Item" link in the upper right of the screen to ask that the library get you a copy. You should get a PDF copy of the article emailed to you in about a week.

See Request this Item Link

Don't see the Find It! on the article link, or getting citations from an article? First check our journal locator to see what journals we have access to.

Can't find the journal you're looking for? Use one of our forms to request an article or a book.


As with any resource, be sure to evaluate websites that you find on your own. Check out the list of recommended websites below.

  • Botanical Society of American Online Image Collection
    Fine images of many types of cells, explanations of cell structure, and animations of cell division phases.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    Collaborative encyclopedia providing basic information and links across the web to species from across the kingdoms of life.
  • Ethnobotanical Resource Directory
    Information and links to websites about food and medicinal plants discovered in the wild.
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    Authoritative taxonomic information for plants, animals, fungi and microbes of North America and the world. Includes accepted and non-accepted names, taxonomic hierarchy for kingdom to species, and links to Google images and other web resources.
  • Lynn Fancher's Biology Bookmarks
    Extensive links to biology gateway sites, as well as internet sites for specific areas of biology.
  • PLANTS National Database
    The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and territories Includes names, distribution, characteristics, images, plant links, crop information, and fact sheets.
Endangered Plants

Cite Sources

Find directions about how to cite your sources on the library citation guide.

Finally, you are welcome to use NoodleBib if you'd like to use a program to create and organize your citations. You must "Create a New Folder" when you use NoodleBIB for the first time. Click on "I am citing a(n):," choose the type of item you are citing, and then fill in the online form. Your bibliography will be formatted for you.

Further questions about MLA or APA style? Check out Purdue OWL, which has APA and MLA citation style guides.

Worried About Patchwriting and/or Plagiarism?

Check out the Paraphrasing or Patchwriting guide.