Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Horticulture Research Guide: Home


Welcome to the library's research guide for Horticulture courses at MCC. To access any database in this research guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. If you need to reset your password, visit the myMCC page and click on Password Reset/Find Username.

Quick Links

MCC Library Info

MCC Library Homepage

Questions? To contact an MCC Librarian, click on

Ask a Librarian!

Regular Library Hours

Monday through Thursday,

8:00am to 6:00pm


8:00am to 4:30pm

MCC Closed

Friday July 29

Labor Day – Monday, September 5

Professional Development Day – Tuesday, October 11

Election Day – Tuesday, November 8

Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25

HRT 103 Assignment Topics

As you prepare for your reports, try these keywords to search library databases. The keywords suggested do not include all possible terms. When using a database, remember to use the full text and scholarly peer reviewed limiters. If you find an article you like, read the abstract for more keyword ideas to search. 

The open internet can also be a source of authoritative information. Try adding .gov to the end of your keywords to return government sources, like those from the US Department of Agriculture or the FDA (for example: plants food .gov).

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

Library Databases

Horticulture Databases

General Subject Databases