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.
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.
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
QH301-705.5 Biology (General)
QH705-705.5 Economic biology
QK1-474.5 General Including geographical distribution
QK474.8-495 Spermatophyta. Phanerogams
QK640-(707) Plant anatomy
QK710-899 Plant physiology
QK900-989 Plant ecology
QR1-74.5 General microbiology
QR100-130 Microbial ecology
QR171 Microorganisms in the animal body
See the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information
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."