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Organic, Sustainable, Urban and Alternative Farming Systems: Catalog and Book Search

This is a general guide to finding information on agricultural and gardening systems that are considered organic, sustainable, or alternative, such as "green", no-till and agroecology.

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.

The advanced search of the catalog can be accessed here:

Advanced allows you to seach 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.  YOu can also sort the results by date (most recent first), alphabetically by title, and by relevance.

The green tabs at the top of this page will also take you to specifically a Title, Author, Subject, or Basic Keyword search options.

New Books Blog

I have a blog to identify the newest materials in the Plant Sciences.  The title lists are organized by subjects and titles are in alphabtical order. Occasionally I'll included materials of related interests.

Link to the New Books - Agriculture blog

Call numbers of interest

Here is a breakdown of Library of Congress call numbers for many orgainic and SARE-related subjects:


605.5 Organic farming. Organiculture
654-661.2 Organic fertilizers - Including organic wastes as fertilizers
661.5 Mulching
661.7 Soil conditioners


324.3 Organic gardening - Vegetables
357.24 Organiculture - Fruit
453.5-.6 Organic gardening
610-615 Organic control of specific weeds, parasitic plants, etc.
974-978 Organic plant protection

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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