nutrient deficiency plants
Subject headings are what librarians use to tag library resources. Subject headings describe what a book is about. Once you find a relevant book for your needs, look at the subject headings (called Topics in our library catalog) to lead you to more useful items.
Some subject headings that may be useful for this assignment include:
Plants - Nutrition.
Crops - Nutrition.
As you browse through your results, identify call numbers that are coming up a lot in your searches. Booth Library materials are shelved according to subject, so once you find a useful book, there will be more like it in the adjacent area of the book shelves.
Once you have identified a book in the library catalog, make note of the following three things to find the book in the library:
(1) What is the Status? You will only be able to find the book in the stacks if Status is Available.
(2) What is the Call Number? Write down the complete call number or send the call number to yourself as a text message.
(3) Where is the book shelved? The Location will give you the general area to find your book. Ask a reference librarian for more specific directions, as needed.
In the example using the screenshot below, the call number begins with a Q. Items in the Book Stacks with a call number beginning alphabetically P - Z will be on the library's 1000 Level (the first floor).
Use this interactive tool to map the location of your book in the library: Map it!
Or consult a static map of the library.
If a book is not available at Booth Library, remember that you can request it from another library using I-Share. If you aren't familiar with this process, ask Kirstin or another librarian for help.
or narrower terms like: nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium
or related terms like: fertilizer
or narrower terms like: height, reproductive tissues, flowers, or fruits
or narrower terms like: seedlings
These are just suggestions. What additional keywords can you think of to use?
Remember! When searching the article databases, use keywords. Don't type entire questions into the search box.
Recommended article databases for this assignment:
Notice that you can choose to search for terms when they appear in the Title or Abstract. (See above screenshots for examples.) This helps narrow the number of results you retrieve, as well as increase the relevancy of the results.
Caution! If you are seeing very few results, you need to either (1) use different and/or broader search terms OR (2) use the default search ("All Fields" in BIOSIS and AGRICOLA and "Full-Text" in JSTOR) rather than choosing a Title or Abstract search.
Remember to ask a librarian if you are wanting help with your research!
See this icon?
Click it to locate full text.
If you see...
Click on "Full text available via" to access the article online.
The article may be available in hardcopy at Booth Library. Ask a Librarian for assistance.
You will need to submit a request for the article to be retrieved from another library. Your article should arrive within one week. In most cases, a link to the article is sent to you by e-mail. There is no charge to you for using this service.