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databases and resources for Penn State faculty, staff, and students studying turf science

Basic book searching

  • 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

Books Searching Tips

Suggested CAT Search Terms:  Try searching for specific species or cultivars of grass (i.e. bermuda grass or bent grass), diseases (i.e. powdery mildew or rust fungi), or concepts (i.e. golf course maintenance or weed control).

General call numbers and subject areas are:

  • GV413 - Athletic Fields
  • GV975 - Golf Course Maintenance
  • QK - Botany
  • QK495.G74 - Grass
  • S - Agriculture
  • SB433 - Turfgrass
  • SB608 - Turfgrass Pests
  • SB611 - Weeds

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