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Landscape Design

This guide will help you get started finding resources related to plant growth, identification, care and maintenance. There are tabs for specific kinds of items. In addition, there are separate tabs for biographies and plant propagation.


The following databases may be useful to you for your research on landscape design and landscape management (remember to use alternative search terms!):

Ferguson's Career Center  Use this for detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on job-hunting and workplace skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more.

Career Cruising A web-based career guidance system to help students choose and plan for a career. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook Free Website from the US government.

Vocations & Careers Collection  Content from nearly 400 journals on career choices offering vocational guidance. 


AccessScience. Online version of the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, with updated content. Articles on botany, agriculture, engineering, and many other topics related to Landscape Architecture and Design.

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection Nearly fifty titles covering the areas of agriculture, horticulture, farming, and landscape design.

Academic Search Premier.This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including a number of landscape design related resources.

General OneFile. A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics, including many articles related to careers and occupations.

Business Source Premier. This databse provides full text coverage of articles about various aspects of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics.

What is a Database?

A database in general is a collection of information organized to be searched by computer. On the STCC Library Web site, our electronic databases are collections of articles or in-depth reports that you can retrieve through your Internet connection. The library has subscriptions to both general databases (example: EbscoHost Academic Search Premier) or subject specific databases (example, U.S. History in Context). These databases usually provide full-text access to journal articles. If you want to be sure to retrieve only full-text articles, meaning you will have access to the article right there on your computer rather than getting back only a citation, be sure to click on the "full-text" option on your search screen.

Typically, for research projects, students will search for what are referred to as "scholarly articles." The distinction stressed is between an article that is researched, supported by objective evidence, and sometimes "peer reviewed" (i.e, schorlarly) as opposed to an opinion piece, or a piece of light journalism (i.e., an article from People Magazine). Peer reviewed means that in order to get published in that particular journal, the article was reviewed by scholars in that field.

Our databases are purchased for the exclusive use of those on-site, or those holding current STCC library bar codes.

The databases listed above should be helpful for your research about landscape design.

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