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Horticulture and Gardening Research Guide: Catalog and Book Search

Horticulture encompasses the studies of flower cultivation (floriculture), fruits (pomology), vegetables (olericulture), ornamental plants, turf/lawns, and landscape architecture. This guide identifies key resources to research these and related topics.

Catalog Search

  • The Library catalog is the primary way to find materials within the library. The online catalog lists all of the materials owned and cataloged by the MSU Libraries, both print and electronic journal titles, books, music CDs, government documents, videos & DVDs, and dissertations.
  • SearchPlus is a method to search across books, chapters, ebooks, and articles in a single search. It allows users to search most of the library's online databases and the library catalog at the same time.
  • The Advanced Search of the catalog allows you to search using multiple keywords, subjects, and combine fields like author and title. You can also set limits, including by collection (i.e. the format - periodicals, electronic resources, or any of the special or branch library collections), material type (i.e. maps, dissertations, etc.), location, language, and by a date or range of dates.  Results can be sorted by date (most recent first), alphabetically by title, and by relevance.

Call numbers of interest

Here is a breakdown of Library of Congress call numbers for many agriculture-related subjects:


1-1110 Plant culture
107-109 Economic botany
110-112 Methods for special areas, including dry-land and tropical agriculture, irrigation farming
113.2-118.45 Seeds
118.48-118.75 Nurseries. Nursery industry
119-124 Propagation
183-317 Field crops
317.5-450.87 Horticulture
320-353.5 Vegetables
354-402 Fruit culture. Nut culture. Orchards
403-450.87 Flowers. Ornamental plans
449-450.87 Flower arrangement
450.9-467 Gardens and gardening
469-476.4 landscape gardening. Landscape Architecture
481-485 Parks and public reserves
599-990.5 Diseases and pests, including treatment and control

HD 9000-9018 Agricultural industries. Food supply. Produce trade. Farmers markets

For a much more detailed list, see Jesse Saylor's detailed Horticulture and Taxonomy call number list.

Subject Headings

When conducting a SUBJECT SEARCH of the MSU Libraries online catalog for plants specific to Michigan, use the following subject headings:

Algae - Michigan
Annuals (Plants) - Michigan
Botany - Michigan
Climbing plants - Michigan
Ferns - Michigan
Floriculture - Michigan
Flowers - Michigan
Freshwater plants - Michigan
Fruit culture - Michigan
Gardening - Michigan
Gardens - Michigan
Horticulture - Michigan
Mosses - Michigan
Nurseries (Horticulture) - Michigan
Perennials - Michigan
Plant conservation - Michigan
Plants - Michigan
School Gardens - Michigan
Shrubs - Michigan
Trees - Michigan
Trees in Cities - Michigan
Vegetables - Michigan
Wild flowers - Michigan

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