This page provides a summary of the Library resources and research tools we explored in the HORT 1155 library orientation. I will keep it up for you for the remainder of the semester. Check back from time to time for updated content. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you'd like me to include additional links you found helpful.
Celia Brinkerhoff, Hortliculture Librarian
Try one of our many plant encyclopedias or handbooks. The following print books are either located in the Reference or General collection of the Langley campus Library. Use the links below for more information about the titles.
Or, start with one of the following online resources:
In your Library orientation, we looked at searching for items in the catalogue. But you might prefer to browse our collection, especially at the beginning of your research.
Plant ID books will be found in either of two call number ranges, depending on whether they are focussed on taxonomy and identification, or the cultivation of particular plants.
QK 5-495 Botany and plant science
SB 423-434 Annuals and bulbs
SB 434 Perennials
SB 435 Trees and shrubs
These call number ranges are the same for the Reference and General collection. Items in Reference are for in-library use only; you are welcome to scan or photocopy a few pages.
Use the C.R.A.P. checklist to determine whether your web resource is credible.
C.R.A.P. stands for:
To get more specialized information on your plants, try using the Google Advanced Search page that has many useful tools for narrowing your search.
Part of your assignment requires you to prepare an annotated bibliography. This will be a list of sources, properly formatted in APA citation style, plus your own analysis of each source and how it was useful for your project. Include comments or criticisms of content, structure, ease of use, visual appeal, etc.
Consult the following websites for more information on how to create an annotated bibliography.
Click on the cover of these titles to find their location in the Library.
For checking plant identification terminology, consult these titles: