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Horticulture: Getting Started

Welcome to our Library guide to horticulture resources.


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Overview of our resources

The Library Service provides students and staff with a variety of resources to assist with study, research and assignments. Please refer to your unit/course outlines, available in Blackboard, for your lecturer-specified resources.

Books/Standards/Video : Items on this page are related to your course. You can also search Supersearch (our catalogue) for books, ebooks, video and more. Supersearch does NOT catalogue Australian Standards, so see this page for Standards related to your course. 

Journals : We subscribe to print journals and magazines but provide access to thousands of online journals and newspapers. Relevant journals and magazines will be highlighted here. Titles can also be found using Supersearch. For the most thorough search of articles and papers, we suggest using the database collections directly.

Databases : Our databases are collections of mostly full-text journal articles, newspaper articles, conference papers, dissertations, theses, images, video, even ebooks. The most relevant collections are linked on this page.  All our database collections can be found on the Find Information page of our Library website. 

Web links : Access current and reliable information from various Government and non-government websites that are related to your subject.

Reference Materials

Reference materials such as dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias, are a good starting point to gain an overview of your subject area.

Below are the most relevant online reference collections for your subject. You can search these collections directly using subject search terms. Also search the library catalogue (Supersearch) to find other reference titles by combining subject terms with "Handbook", "Encyclopedia", "Manual", or "Dictionary".

If at any time you are asked to sign or log in to an online resource, use your student ID and current password.

Dictionaries, Handbooks, Manuals...

Botanical Field Guide
Illustrated Plant Glossary
Plant Names: A guide to botanical nomenclature
Western Australian Plant Names and Their Meanings
Perth Plants
A Botanist's Vocabulary
The Gardener's Botanical: An encyclopedia of Latin plant names
A Gardener's Guide to Botany: The biology behind the plants you love, how they grow, and what they need
Yates Garden Guide
The Illustrated Practical Encyclopedia of Pruning, Training & Topiary
Handbook of Plant Nutrition
The Australian Soil Classification
A Beginner's Guide to House Plants
Top 50 Indoor Plants and how not to Kill Them

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