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Horticulture: Plant ID and Selection

About this guide

When researching your plant, look for information in a variety of types of sources:

1. Books and ebooks in the SCC, SFCC, and partner library collections (include reference books like encyclopedias & e-encyclopedias)

2. Articles in library databases or in open collections like Google Scholar

3. Websites which are from reputable publishers like those listed below

Not finding what you're looking for? Ask a librarian any time of the day or night. We're available 24/7!

Reference books

Use these and other reference books located on the 1st floor of the library. Reference books must stay in the library, so you should either take notes or make photocopies for your records.

Books on Horticulture are generally shelved in these call number areas:

  • 580
  • 630
  • 710

Circulating books

Use the library Search  to find books on your subject. Here are some suggested subjects you may wish to use:

  • Plants - - Identification
  • Botany
  • Landscape plants
  • Landscape gardening
  • Trees
  • Trees - United States - Identification
  • Shrubs
  • Ornamental shrubs
  • Ornamental woody plants
  • Arboriculture
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Echinacea
  • Viburnum

Books on Horticulture are generally shelved in these call number areas:

  • 580
  • 630
  • 710

SCC Library databases: Articles, ebooks, and more

SCC Library databases are the best tool to use to find articles, ebooks, and other collections of electronic information.

Need articles? Use a database like ProQuest to find articles in:

  • popular magazines
  • trade publications
  • newspapers
  • scholarly or academic journals

Access: The library subscribes to  databases for our currently enrolled students to use. The information in library databases is often not available on the free internet. Off-campus access to library databases requires student login.

Your librarians recommend the following databases for Horticulture and Plant Identification research:

 Reference Books.

 Periodical Article Indexes.



Plant ID websites recommended by SCC Instructor, Teya Kuhle (updated May 2012)

Annotated Bibliography

The link below describes, in general, what an annotated bibliography is and gives suggestions on how to write one. If you have any questions about a particular class assignment for Plant ID or any other class, make sure you ask your instructor.

Print periodicals in the SCC Library

Want to browse our print magazines?

Most periodicals are located in library databases like ProQuest and Associates Programs Source Plus, but the SCC Library also buys a small collection of print periodicals which you can borrow from the library.

The library has print subscriptions to: 

  • Horticulture
  • Fine Gardening
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Sunset