This guide aims to connect researchers studying botany and plant sciences to relevant resources available through the University of Toronto Library system and beyond.
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BIOSIS Previews combines the citations found in Biological Abstracts (1980-), Biological Abstracts/RRM, and BioResearch Index (1965-1979). BIOSIS Previews supplies comprehensive coverage of life science journals and items from international meetings, review articles, books, and unique additional references from Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM. BIOSIS Previews covers the life sciences, from agriculture to biomedical sciences and from molecular genetics to zoology.
Forestry Abstracts is a fully searchable abstract database of internationally published research. It provides the latest information on forestry and forest trees, from forest management to tree biology and forest ecology. Coverage includes silviculture, provenance studies, inventories, economics, agroforestry, husbandry of non-wood forest products, tree anatomy and physiology, climate, soils, forest ecology, tree breeding, fire, forest pests and protection, forest conservation and arboriculture.
The major database for physical and human geography, earth and environmental sciences, ecology, and related disciplines. GEOBASE covers world wide research literature. In addition to providing comprehensive coverage of the core scientific and technical periodicals, GEOBASE has a unique coverage of non-English language and less readily available publications.
JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
Plant Science is a bibliographic database containing citations and abstracts of scientific literature on plant science, focussing on all plant scientific aspects, especially on pathology, symbiosis, biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, techniques and environmental biology. Over 250 primary research journals are scanned by specialized scientific editors to add approximately 23,000 titles to the database each year.
A major multidisciplinary database for the social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus covers research literature published in academic journals, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, and book series. Scopus also covers 200 million quality Web sources, including 12.7 million patents. Web sources searched include author homepages, university sites, and resources such as preprint servers and Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliant resources. The Citation Tracker enables researchers to evaluate research using citation information.
Web of Science is a major multidisciplinary database. Web of Science consists of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Science Citation Index and the Social Sciences Citation Index. It can be searched as a database in the usual manner, but you can also uniquely search the citation indexes for articles that cite a known author or work.
If you already know the title of the article and the name of the journal, link to it directly with Article Finder. Enter citation information into the Article Finder to determine if we have online access to the full text of a particular article. The Article Finder can search on journal titles and abbreviations (and supplementary volume, issue, author, title and page information), ISSN numbers, DOIs, or PMIDs.You can also use the Article Finder to create a permanent link to an article.
Note: if you do not get any results, try entering just the journal title or abbreviation.
If you are looking for subject-specific databases, use the direct link to connect to recommended Botany Databases.
Journal Citation Reports
Unique resource for journal evaluation using citation data. Can show you the: impact factors; most frequently used journals; hottest journals; largest journals, etc.
RACER - Request a journal article from another library
When the U of T Libraries does not own a journal, you can request (for a fee) a photocopy of an article through RACER.
Encyclopedias are a great place to find background information on the subject area of study as well as explaining concepts. Use the print and online encyclopedias on this page as a starting point.
The New York Botanical Garden and the International Association for Plant Taxonomy have compiled information on 3100 public herbaria and their staff in 146 countries.
Guides, Directories and Links
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Citation Management Software can be used to help compile resources for your bibliography as you conduct your research.
Citation Machines will help you compile citations in various formats:
Cite Using the Catalogue:
Cite using tools in the library catalogue by searching for an item and clicking on "Options" and then the "Cite" function.
There are numerous citation resources available in print through the University of Toronto library catalogue including the following suggested guides:
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