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Research Help Links


Finding Books

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

Miller Library Catalog Advanced Search

Subject Resource Lists

Google Book Searchfull text search of scanned books

Finding Articles

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

ebsco logo UW student, faculty & staff access

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.

Water Resources Abstracts

Literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use, and management of water resources, including wetlands.

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)

List of PEER-REVIEWED journals at the Miller Library

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

Save time by spending an hour with a librarian! Make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation to learn about research strategies and getting full text articles for free. Email: Tracy Mehlin or call 616-9481.

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 Plagiarism.org.

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!

Invasive Plants Multi-Site Search

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
    • Clippings file
    • Rare & antique books
    • CDs and Videos


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