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Horticulture Guide

This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about horticulture. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books
  2. Videos
  3. Articles
  4. Websites
  5. Career Information

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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.Library catalog

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

SB317.5 - SB450.87 Horticulture
SB450.9 - SB467 Gardens and Gardening
SB469 - SB476.4 Landscape Design
QK95 Plant Taxonomy
QK475 - QK 494 Trees


These online books 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.
Ebook Central
This collection contains a nice selection of materials on horticulture, agriculture, and other related topics.
EBSCO E-books
EBSCO E-books is a large and varied collection of e-books, including several horticulture titles
CARLI E-books
This collection of e-books contains some excellent titles on general horticulture and sustainability topics.

Reference Materials

The Library has an excellent collection of encyclopedias and directories for students to use in the Library. Students also have access to these fine online sources of reference materials:

JSTOR Global Plants
JSTOR Global Plants contains the contributed collections of plant type specimens from more than 300 herbaria from around the world. Plant type specimens are critical to scientific study because of their pivotal role as original vouchers of nomenclature and act as a historical record of changes to flora. There are nearly two million high-resolution type specimens currently in the Global Plants database. Faculty and students can also access reference works and primary sources—such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs.
Landscape Plants of the Chicago Area
Created by Professor Emeritus, Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, this collection offers a series of Plant Profiles specifically for students in the HORT 2241 Landscape Plants I and HORT 2242 Landscape Plants II courses. These master plant lists provided the student with images of selected plants from local sources, showing typical attributes and features necessary for identifying, naming and using plants in the Chicago area. The intention of this collection is to provide a valid study tool with pertinent images and information..
Credo Reference
Credo Reference is a large collection of encylopedias and other reference materials that students can use for general research.

Using I-Share

The library is a part of a consortium of academic libraries known as I-Share. As COD students, you can request items from other libraries online by creating an I-Share account. For more information, visit our I-Share Information Web Page.

Horticulture Videos in the Library

Videos in the Library are available to both students and faculty. Students can check out most of the Library videos but sometimes they have to be used in the Library. If you would like to take a reserved video home, please contact the Horticulture Librarian to get permission for a brief loan.

Faculty, if you'd like to use a video in your class, please call the Circulation Department at 630-942-2106 to have the item delivered to the TEC building or held for pickup at the Library. You can book your videos well in advance of your classes and are strongly encouraged to do so.

How to Search for Videos in the Catalog

When you are in the Library catalog, do a search. (Ex. Plant Propagation) You can limit the search to a specific video format by clicking on the limiters under "Narrow your Search:" VHS, DVD, or eVideo.

Streaming Videos

Have your library card handy to watch online videos from off-campus.

Technology & Trade Education Collection
This collection of online streaming videos includes a variety of subjects related to Horticulture. Look for the subject Agriculture: Agriscience or Horticulture & Forestry.
SanLuis Video Collection
This collection includes many topics that are taught in Horticulture and many are used in courses.
Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service available to COD faculty, students, and staff. It has a variety of feature films, documentaries, and includes videos on horticulture topics such as sustainable agriculture, farming, and more.

Use the databases 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:

Browsing the American Nurseryman
The trade journal American Nurseryman is available from 2001-Present in the Associates Program Source Plus database.
Go directly to the journal here: American Nurseryman
You will need your Library Card to access the journal from off-campus.
How to use American Nurseryman online (printable .pdf)

Best Bets for Horticulture Articles

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.

Other Choices

See the Horticulture 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.

Botanic Gardens

The Morton Arboretum: Look under Plant Information and Research.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Missouri Botanical Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Extension Sites

U of I Extension
Illinois Master Gardeners
Wisconsin Extension

General Horticulture

U of I Hort Corner
Trees for Wet Sites
USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Plant Databases

The Plant List
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

The Library's Career and College information center collection is an excellent resource for materials on job searching, resume writing, interviewing techniques, as well as a variety of online information to help develop your future career. Go to the CCIC information page here.