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Secondary and Tertiary Resources in Botany

In botany and the sciences, secondary resources are books and articles that provide an overview of the field, rather describing one specific experiment and its method and outcome. Review articles are secondary sources. One excellent way to find review articles that give the state of the field is to find a subject-specific journal in the Annual Reviews database. Tertiary sources are sources that consolidate primary and secondary sources, like encyclopedias and manuals.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Items @The Claremont Colleges Library

Botany students at The Claremont Colleges have access to the world-class Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden botanical library. The library is searchable via Library Search. In order to limit your search to RSABG Library holdings, go to the Advanced Search page of the Library Search. Scroll towards the bottom of the page and under Library select Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Your search will now bring up only items from the RSABG Library collection.

Find Botany Books

Biology and botany books can be found on Honnold 1 in the compact shelving next to the cafe.

Books are a core resource for understanding the foundation of botany topics, and you'll want to use Library Search, as well as browsing the shelves of the biology and botany collection to find books for your research. 

Browsing the collection is a great way to find valuable books that slip through a typical library catalog search. In academic libraries in the US, books are grouped by subject and the call numbers correspond to those subjects. 

LC Subclassifications for QH - QR -

QH1-278.5                Natural history (General)
QH1-(199.5)             General Including nature conservation, geographical distribution
QH201-278.5            Microscopy
QH301-705.5            Biology (General)
QH359-425               Evolution
QH426-470               Genetics
QH471-489               Reproduction
QH501-531               Life
QH540-549.5            Ecology
QH573-671               Cytology
QH705-705.5            Economic biology

QK1-989                   Botany
QK1-474.5                General Including geographical distribution
QK474.8-495            Spermatophyta. Phanerogams
QK494-494.5            Gymnosperms
QK495                      Angiosperms
QK504-(638)             Cryptogams
QK640-(707)             Plant anatomy
QK710-899                Plant physiology
QK900-989               Plant ecology

QR1-502                 Microbiology
QR1-74.5                General microbiology
QR75-99.5              Bacteria
QR99.6-99.8            Cyanobacteria
QR100-130             Microbial ecology
QR171                    Microorganisms in the animal body
QR180-189.5          Immunology
QR355-502             Virology

See the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information

Find Review Articles

From the University of Texas Libraries, "Review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands."