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Research Tools for Students

Finding Books

(Note: the Miller Library is not a branch of UW Libraries, although we share tools such as databases)

Miller Library Catalog

Browse select book covers


Digitized Local Publications

The Biodiversity Heritage Library maintains a “black-out” window of the most recent year for each of these titles.

Botanic Garden Student Theses and Projects

Subject Lists

Finding Articles

for research and very current information use these UW restricted databases to find citations.

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Available for the public from Miller Library computers.

Plant Information Online
Search mail order nursery catalogs, books and journals
From the National Agricultural Library
Full texts of research journals focused on the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
Supplies comprehensive coverage of international life science journal and meeting literature.
CAB Direct
Applied life sciences, including agriculture, forestry, and the environment.
Web of Science
General science with “citation chaining” features
Good general database with national newspapers, popular magazines and academic journals
PAIS International
Public policy and government studies.
Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
The database includes specialized, editorially-curated A&I resources studying the critical issues affecting Earth’s air, land, and water environments..
Environmental Sciences Collection
Provides citations and abstracts to the literature of the environmental sciences. The citations describe journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, monographs, and selected books and patents.

UW Libraries Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Getting the articles:

Full text? Click the link in the citation.

Not full text? Note the full citation, then search for the TITLE of the Journal:

>>At the Miller Library? Search for journal titles (not individual articles) in our catalog (check the periodicals box to limit search to only journals)

>>Also search the UW Libraries’ “E-Journals”or in Worldcat for articles.

>>Still can’t find it? Make a request through UW Libraries Inter-Library Loan (fast & free for UW students) Or try Sci-hub.

List of PEER-REVIEWED journals at the Miller Library

Ask the Staff! Feel free to call (543-0415) or email anytime.

Citation: when, why, how?

When writing an academic paper all sources of information must be cited. This means all facts, figures, ideas, methods and analysis that were previously published in text, video, audio or graphic formats. It doesn’t matter if the information is used verbatim or not. If the information is not original then the source(s) must be cited. Detailed examples of citation from Yale.

Citation gives papers credibility and authority. A paper which does not cite sources may be considered plagiarized, and plagiarism is grounds for sanctions. Give credit when credit is due. More reasons to cite from

There are many tools and methods for managing citations & sources. When writing a rough draft, add in the citations as brief notes. Then go back and formalize all the citations at once. The CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Manual is appropriate for Restoration Ecology Environmental Horticulture papers.

Don’t forget that images inserted in papers & posters need citations too!

Top Unrestricted (free) Websites

At the Miller Library?

  • Top databases are linked from our public computer desktops.
  • MS Office programs available on public computers.
  • Easy Printing (ask a staff member).
  • Color copying for 50¢.
  • Other collections include
    • Nursery catalogs
    • Archive
    • Rare & antique books
    • CDs and Videos

Regional Horticulture Programs