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Botany: Finding Books


To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("rare plants")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (botan? finds botany, botanist, botanical)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for fungus, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that subject terms are "fungi" or "mycology." Click the subject headings to find more records with these subjects.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

More SOUTHcat Resources

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a single keyword searches on SOUTHcat, since "and" is automatically added between words if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. SOUTHcat will ignore internal punctuation in a word, for example: ching will find ch'ing.

rare plants botan? and (name? or nomenclature)
wetland flora (aquatic or wetland) and plant?
botanical artists photosynthesis
plant diseases plant? and drugs
botany--nomenclature botan? and chemistry
climbing plants vines
fungi "flowering plants"
trees plant? and cultivat?


Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to many subscription e-book collections. Listed below are several that include relevant titles.

Search Google Books

Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book. Remember, you can check SOUTHcat to see if we have a book you find in Google Books if the full text is not available.

Google Book Search