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Terrestrial Vegetation of the United States: Finding Books

Designed to provide information sources and search ideas for students in Plant Ecology, 21:120:370:01

Finding books by using the Libraries' catalog

Tips for Searching by Subject

There are several related general terms with the state or region as a subheading that may be used to search the University Libraries' Online Catalog by SUBJECT.  Use the pull-down menu to select this choice.   These headings include:

  • Plant communities - (state)
  • Botany - (state) - Ecology
  • Phytogeography - (state)
  • Vegetation dynamics - (state)
  • Plant ecology - (state)
  • Biogeography - (state)

The specific terms you have identified as vegetation types may also be used to search for books. The states or regions are used as subheadings as well. The following terms are given as examples for searching by SUBJECT:

  • Forests and forestry - (state)
  • Forest ecology - (state)
  • Bog ecology - (state)
  • Conifers - Ecology - (state)
  • Trees - (state)
  • Hardwoods - (state)
  • Grasslands - (state)

Requesting books unavailable through RUL

Using E-Z Borrow

When the University Libraries doesn’t own a book title you want or when the copy owned by the Libraries is not available to you (checked out or missing), you may request a copy using E-Z Borrow,a resource sharing consortium which includes forty academic libraries in Pennsylvania and a few out of state libraries like Rutgers.  When the book you want is unavailable, the online catalog provides an E-Z Borrow button to the upper left of the library location information.  You may also find a link on the home page.  Just click on Services and Tools, the second choice on the red bar.  Then select the first choice on the left, Borrow/Renew/Request.  After logging in with your netID and password, you may search the catalog using the brief search which is provided or clicking on Advanced Search at the top of the screen.  Entering author and title may reduce the time you wait for the searching to take place.  When you identify the book you want and place a request, the item will arrive in less than a week for you to check out.  You will receive an email when the book is ready for you to check out at the Circulation Desk.  You may borrow the book for a period of six weeks with a six week renewal.  

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