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Plant science

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  • emily [dot] mackenzie [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7577

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Key texts
Searching the Library Catalogue
eBook Databases
Article Databases
Major Journals
Web Resources

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Key Texts

Searching the Library Catalogue

For more resources in Plant Science, consult the library catalogue: McGill WorldCat.

You can also search the library catalogue by subject. The following is a list of example subject headings used in the catalogue:


Plant biotechnology

Plant breeding

Plant diseases

Plant ecology

Plant physiology

Plants -- Nutrition

You can also browse the shelves at the following call numbers:

QK 640-707: Plant anatomy
QK 710-899: Plant physiology, including:
       QK 867-899: Plant nutrition
QK 900-989: Plant ecology
SB 1-1110: Plant culture, including:
       SB 113.2-118.46: Seeds
       SB 119-124: Propagation
       SB 175-177: Food crops
       SB 183-192: Field crops
       SB 599-990.5: Pests and diseases

eBook Databases

Ebooks are also listed in the Library Catalogue (McGill WorldCat), or they may be searched by individual collection/provider, for example:

  • CRCnetBASE
    Allows access to full text to handbooks, references, and monographs published by CRC Press. Can search content or browse the Agriculture and Life Science categories.
  • ScienceDirect
    Provides detailed and exhaustive coverage of chapters of books in the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences. Includes journals as well, but searches can be refined to books only. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box.
  • SpringerLink Books
    Provides online access to chapters from over 15,500 book titles. Extensive coverage of Plant Science and related topics under the Biomedical and Life Sciences subject category. McGill subscriptions are indicated by a bright green square box.

To see more ebook collections/providers available, please see the ebooks & media website

Article Databases


  • Scopus
    A multidisciplinary database that is capable of backward and forward citation linking and includes citation counts.
  • Web of Science 1900 to the present.
    Three citation indexes: Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Science. The Science Citation Index covers a range scientific & technical disciplines, such as biology, agiculture, chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, physics and veterinary science.


  • Agricola: 1970 to present
    Indexes more than 2,000 serial titles as well as books, pamphlets, conference proceedings, research reports, government documents, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual content, and microforms pertaining to all aspects of agriculture.
  • Biological and Agricultural Index Plus: 1983 to present
    Provides access to the core literature of biology and agriculture. Indexing and abstracting coverage begins in 1983; selected full text coverage begins in 1997.
  • BIOSIS Previews 1969 to the present
    BIOSIS Previews Archive 1926-1968
    Encompasses the entire field of life sciences and provides comprehensive coverage of the world's published biological and biomedical research, including traditional areas of biology, such as botany, zoology and microbiology, as well as experimental, clinical and veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental studies, and agriculture.
  • CAB Abstracts: 1973 to the present
    CAB Abstracts Archive: 1910-1972
    A bibliographic database compiled by CAB INTERNATIONAL. It covers the significant research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources.
  • Industrial & Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A): 1982 to the present
    Database provides access to significant findings and practical applications in agricultural, food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Major areas of coverage include, plant diseases, forestry, soil microorganisms, mineral microbiology, hydrocarbons, microbial resistance, and antimicrobial agents.

Major Journals

Web Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System: Government of Canada: Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility

Botanicus Digital Library: A freely accessible, Web-based encyclopedia of digitized historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library.

AgNIC - Agriculture Network Information Center

Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre

Plant Gene Resources of Canada

PLANTS National Database (USDA)


American Society of Plant Biologists

Botantical Society of America

Canadian Botanical Conservation Network (CBCN)

Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (CSPP)

Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS)


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