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BIO 108: Plants and Society: Getting Started

A guide to finding information on plants for BIO 108.

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General Resources

Here are sources, both online and in print, that can help you find information about your plant such as physical descriptions, cultivation, harvesting, etc. You may need to consult more than one source to find all of the information you need.  You will probably need to consult sources on this page as well as the tab that corresponds to your type of plant above (medicinal, native, food).

Before you start, it is helpful to know the scientific name of the plant. If you don't know the scientific name, start with the PLANTS database and enter the common name to find the scientific name. 


PLANTS database-a comprehensive source from the US Department of Agriculture that includes plant information such as distribution, classification, images, morphology, uses, and growing conditions. 

Flowering Plant Families of the World. Available in the library's reference section at call number QK 495 .A1 F58 2007.

Mabberly's Plant Book:a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Available in the library's reference section at call number QK11 .M29 2008.



Peer Reviewed Articles

Looking for peer reviewed articles on your plant? Try the following databases:

Science Direct


Biological and Agricultural Index Plus

Wiley Online Library


NOTE: to access these resources off campus you will need to login with your MEID or SCC login.