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Plant Sciences: Help and support

Resources for students and researchers studying plant sciences at Cambridge

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the Plant Sciences Librarian.

Help and support for detailed enquiries is also available from the Biological Sciences Libraries team. We can answer your queries by email, or by appointment through a mutually convenient online channel.


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Recommend an item

Recommendations for new print titles and ebooks are very welcome. Please email to request a new resource for the library. 

Recommending through other libraries

Requests, especially for print copies of reading list titles, can also be sent to your college library. and new ebooks can also be recommended through the Cambridge University Libraries online form.

Journals and databases

Recommendations for journals and databases can be made to the Plant Sciences Library via email or directly to the University Library's recommendation form

Cambridge Libraries Accessibility Service

The Cambridge Libraries Accessibility Service was established in November 2020 and is based at the University Library.

The service works across the Cambridge University Libraries network to ensure that library users have equal access to services and resources regardless of their accessibility needs. The service also works closely with other key areas of the university such as the Disability Resource Centre. 

For more information about how we can support you in accessing resources, please either contact your college or departmental library, or visit the dedicated Cambridge Libraries Accessibility Service guide for details and further contacts.

The Cambridge Libraries Accessibility Service has a curated wellbeing reading list with lots of online resources on a wide range of themes such as mental health, gender identities, and race. To make suggestions about new additions to this list, please contact the Ebooks Team to make a recommendation

Reference management and copyright

General Guidance

Referencing gives you a chance to show off the breadth and depth of your reading. It gives due credit to others in your field, as their work was obviously significant enough for you to include in your own work. Referencing accurately shows off your academic integrity skills and ensures you don't get caught out for plagiarising someone else's ideas. The University of Cambridge has a detailed and useful website dedicated to Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct if you want to read more about this topic. 



A good starting point for referencing is Cite Them Right Online

What referencing style should I use? 

Stylistic conventions vary between subjects. You should consult your Course Director, Supervisor or Lecturer if you are unsure which are used in your Faculty or Department. Most lecturers also issue written guidance on the relevant scholarly conventions and you should read and follow this advice

Referencing Management Tools

Referencing is definitely a process that takes time to get right but thankfully there are tools, called reference managers, available that can help take a lot of the pressure off.

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We also have guides on two popular reference managers: Zotero and Mendeley.

If you need further advice or help with getting a reference manager set up, you can book a referencing 1-2-1 consultation with a member of the Biological Sciences libraries team.

Can I reuse something that someone else created?

It depends as the rules around who owns something and who else can use it can vary hugely. For more information on copyright, have a look at our dedicated Copyright for Researchers guide which has lots of information and contact details for further help.

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