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Plant Sciences

Resources for students and faculty in the Plant Science and Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology departments

Basic book searching

  • Use the Browse function if you are looking for a specific title or author (type last name first).
  • Use the Keyword function and combine terms to search on a topic then use the subject headings from relevant books for additional search terms.
  • Write down the call number and location for any book you want. If the item is not at your campus use the "I Want It" button to request it. 
  • For electronic books, click the link under the words "online content" to access the full text

You can also find books via

Book Searching Tips

Suggested CAT Search Terms: Search for organisms (i.e. early blight or Alternia or soybean or viola), processes (i.e. cell culture) or concepts (i.e. biological control or alternative crops or genetically modified).

General call numbers and subject areas are:

  • QK– Botany
    • QK640-707   Plant Anatomy
    • QK710-899   Plant Physiology
  • QR– Microbiology 
  • S590-599– Soil Science
  • SB– Plant Culture
    • SB109.7-111 Methods for Special Areas (ie.cold regions, dry farming, tropical agriculture)
    • SB183-317    Field Crops, including cereals, forage crops, grasses, legumes, root crops, etc.
    • SB320-353    Vegetables
    • SB354-402    Fruits
    • SB354-402    Flowers 
    • SB621-795     Plant Pathology 
    • SB950-990    Pest Control

Call Numbers: At University Park, most materials in the life sciences are located on the 4th floor of Paterno Library.

Soil Surveys for Pennsylvania and the fifty states are located in the Reference Area.

Libraries Borrowing Policies

  • Check books out at the nearest lending desk or self check-out station. 
  • Loan periods are usually one semester
  • Books can be recalled for another user, so respond ASAP to library notices. 

Find Books not at PSU

If you know the item you want, and Penn State does not own it, use Interlibrary Loan!

Try these databases if you want to search other libraries by subject or author.  

You can request the items directly from these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service