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Horticulture Resources


Search for textbooks by course number via this list of textbooks on reserve. Also search by title in the Library's catalog. Request textbooks at the Circulation Desk. Use these books for up to two hours in the Library. Call numbers are designated by course number.

Print Books
Search for books in the Library's catalog. Also find print materials via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc.

  • Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
  • Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.

Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.




  • Cornell Cooperative Extension http://www.cce.cornell.edu/ Find information about the program. Under heading of Agriculture, find links on landscape horticulture, consumer horticulture, and urban horticulture.
  • Dept. of Horticulture @ Cornell http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/ An interesting collection of featured sites.
  • NC State University Cooperative Extension - Horticulture Information http://wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu/2012/09/horticulture-information-on-the-internet/ 
  • OSU WebGarden http://webgarden.osu.edu/ Ohio State Univ. has a number of great resources here. Two are the Plant Dictionary, designed to compliment the program, and Factsheet Database, made up of "guides for answering plant-related questions... Over 20,000 pages of Extension fact sheets and bulletins provide a concentrated source of plant-related information."
  • USDA Economic Research Service http://www.ers.usda.gov/ Search under the terms "Floriculture and Environmental Horticulture" for federal information about industry growth rates, net income, and much more.

Citing Sources

See below for basic guidelines and examples of APA citation style. See the “Citation Help” section for more details, examples, and sample APA papers.



Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.

  • APA citation style uses the author-date method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in parentheses in the text.
  • Names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the date should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.

Include page numbers if you are directly quoting the material.

Citations in the Reference List must correspond to in-text citations; The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in the Reference List.


  • Separate page labeled “References,” double-spaced, same margins as rest of paper.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.

Author Names

  • Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
  • Authors' names are inverted (last name, first initial)
  • List all authors of a particular work for up to and including seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses (...) after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.

Capitalization and Punctuation

  • Capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle and proper nouns (books, chapters, articles, web pages)
  • Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
  • Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.


Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format (APA).
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

For more details and examples of APA citation style, visit the following websites:

Also find books on APA citation style when you search the Library’s catalog by subject: Psychology -- Authorship -- Style manuals


  • American Horticultural Society http://www.ahs.org/ Access events, membership info, a heat zone map (searchable by zip code), and partial text of American Gardener Magazine.
  • American Hort http://americanhort.org/ Consolidation of ANLA and OFA. Find industry info, a legislative center, publications to purchase (very expensive), and more.
  • American Society for Horticultural Science http://www.ashs.org/ "The American Society for Horticultural Science promotes and encourages scientific research and education in horticulture within the United States and throughout the world." Over 4,500 members. Membership info, subcription info for their journals, conference info, and a career center.
  • American Society of Landscape Architects http://www.asla.org/ Based in Washington DC, this national organiations website contains member info, a job site, a list of publications, a sections for students, and much more.
  • Society of American Florists http://www.safnow.org/ Member info, news briefs, Capitol Hill Watch, and Floral Facts, among other topics.


Research Help

Have a question? Librarians are available to assist you during all open hours.

Email: reference@farmingdale.edu
Phone: 631-420-2184