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Horticulture Research Guide: Home



Welcome to the library's research guide for Horticulture courses at MCC. Click through the yellow tabs above to find helpful resources from the library catalog, library databases, the open internet, and more.

To access any database in this research guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. If you need to reset your password, go to and click on Password Reset/Find Username.

HRT 103 Assignment Topics

Search Tips

As you prepare for your reports, try the keywords below to search library databases. When searching the open internet, try adding .gov to the end of your keywords to return authoritative government sources, like those from the US Dept. of Agriculture or the FDA.

The keywords suggested below do not include all possible terms. If you find an article you like, read the abstract for more keyword ideas to search. 

Plants Used as Food

Keywords to Try: plants, food, edible plants, edible wild plants, edible native plants, wild food plants, edible plant identification, edible plant harvesting, edible plants AND characteristics

Medicinal Plants

Keywords to Try: medicinal plant genomics, medicinal botany, plants AND disease prevention; plant-based medicines, medicinal plant identification, medicinal plants AND benefits, medicinal plants AND risks, medicinal plants AND characteristics

Poisonous Plants

Keywords to Try: poisonous plants AND characteristics, toxic plants, deadly plants, poisonous plants AND identification, poisonous plants AND pets, poisonous plant AND reactions

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