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Resources for your research in horticutlure

Start with a Summon search

Start your search with the library's search engine Summon.

  • use 2 or 3 keywords to focus your topic; put phrases in "" quotation marks i.e. "road salt"
  • use the content filters on the side to limit to scholalry articles, books, or other material types

Best Bets

Below are the research databases we recommend for starting your article search. You can use these to locate articles in scholarly journals as well as trade publications.

Remember: It's good research strategy to do your searches in MORE THAN ONE database.

To browse the more than 100 databases  the Library offers you, please visit our Research database page.

Free/Open Access Databases

  Try these free, open access databases for articles, research, and government reports.

Finding scholarly articles

If database searching is new for you, learn the benefits of using them in your research, with this short video from Yavapai Community College Library.

Don't know if KPU has a particular journal or magazine? Use the Journal by Title search to find out if the Library subscribes.


Once you've searched the Library's databases, check Google Scholar for more articles and reports. Use the "Where Can I Get This?" link to take you to articles available through KPU's subscriptions.

Not sure if your article would be considered scholarly, or academic?

Use this interactive graphic, Anatomy of a Scholarly Article,  from North Carolina State University Library.


Is it any good?

Find out what the C.R.A.A.P. test is and how you can use it to decide whether the information you find online is credible.

From Western University Libraries.