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Plant Sciences: Home

What's in this LibGuide

This LibGuide will help you get started with using resources related to Genetics at the University of Cambridge, including:

  • Finding out if we hold named books or journals
  • Accessing e-resources
  • Searching for subject-related published papers, including some recommended databases
  • Help with referencing and Reference Management Software

But as this guide can only cover the basics and provide links, remember you can always contact the librarian for help - that's her job! The Cambridge system can sometimes seem complicated, and there is often a not-necessarily-obvious way to get around things.

Contact e-mail :

Print material

If you need information on plants, the Plant Sciences Library is the logical place to start, and all members of the University are welcome to use it. A brief indication of the material we hold can be found on these webpages under the 'collections' tab above. Further information on specialist print resources for plants, and library help, is available via the Plant Sciences Library website.

But the Plant Sciences Library isn't the only major resource for plant-related material at Cambridge....

There is a separate Herbarium Library in the Sainsbury Laboratory, which holds floras, works on taxonomy and monographs. See here for information on using the Herbarium Library, as it is not a walk-in facility

The Cory Library in the Botanic Garden holds items relevant to horticulture - here is their website

There are many libraries in the Cambridge system, and some may also hold items of interest, but it depends very much on the subject you are researching. Use the search box on the right for 'all libraries' to check. You may need to check the libraries directory, with opening hours, admissions policies, etc.

The Plant Sciences Library

group working area

collections & reprints

2 computer bays

Online resources

The subject areas related to Plant Sciences are relatively well-served by e-journals, but it depends rather on your subject. Almost certainly, any paper cited on a reading list will be available to us online.

You might find that some papers you need to read may not be available online. This is usually not a problem : The Plant Sciences Library or the Herbarium Library may well have a paper copy of the journal ; if not, another library in Cambridge probably will.

Although some subject areas are now taught with heavy reliance on e-books, the sciences are not well-served by this format. Furthermore, books do not feature strongly on reading lists. This is because in the sciences information must be completely up-to-date, and books, whether e- or paper, cannot provide that. Please be aware that sometimes the e-book available is not the most recent edition published either!

A few standard texts may be available as e-books, but you are unlikely to find that many of the books you need to read [if any] are available online. If they are, they will be linked from the library catalogue [use the iDiscover box on the right]

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Search for books, journals and research papers

Use the new library catalogue interface, iDiscover, to search for books, journals and research papers.

If you need to check whether the Plant Sciences [or other] Library holds a particular item, you can select it from the drop-down list in the right-hand column.

All libraries Plant Sciences Library only

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For Genetics please use:

For Plant Sciences please use: