Names are important when it comes to searching for plants, and a single plant may have many names. Start your process by not only looking up the scientific name of the plant you are researching, but also common names and variations on these names among different groups. You may need to search for a variety of different ways of describing the same plant.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to locate information on a very specific species or variety of plant. It may be helpful at times to look much more broadly at the genus or family of plants that your subject falls within, or at other plants that have similar characteristics to the one you are searching for and then make the connection to the specific plant you are looking at yourself.
Images / Herbarium Collections Outside of Augustana
U.S. Government Resources
On this page, you will find a sampling of some protocols for the handling / preservation of plant materials from collections around the world. This is not a complete list, but can help you to see what some major institutions are doing.
On this page are links to a variety of databases available through Tredway Library that may be of use to your research. You may need to log into your library account to access these resources.
Individuals affiliated with Augustana College have access to I-Share, which is a consortium of 100+ libraries across the state of Illinois. You can request items through I-Share to be sent to Augustana's library for you to use in your research. You can select 'All I-Share Libraries' from the drop-down menu next to the OneSearch Box on the library's page to search I-Share's collections. You will need to log in to your library account to place your requests.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you need access to an article or other resource that is not available at Augustana's Tredway Library or through I-Share, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. Books will be delivered to Tredway Library's circulation desk for you to check out, and articles will be sent to you via email.
There are two ways to request materials from other libraries:
For more information about interlibrary loan, call 309-794-7585 or email your liaison librarian.