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.
Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.
|SB 371.5 - SB 450.87||Horticulture|
|SB 450.9 - SB 467||Gardens and Gardening|
|SB 469 - SB 476.4||Landscape Design|
|QK 95||Plant Taxonomy|
|QK 475 - QK 494||Trees|
There are several encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries to use for a quick lookup. Reference materials are not typically something you sit down and read cover to cover, though you could if you really wanted to. A small selection is shown below.
Students also have access to these fine online sources of reference materials:
The library is 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. Note: I-Share is temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 library closures.