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For assistance, please contact Jenna Walsh or the librarians at Ask a Librarian.


For a complete list, check the Biological Sciences guide - Background information

Look at the following subject heading to find field guides for plants:

Plants -- Identification
Plants -- Identification -- Handbooks, Manuals Etc


Many of these resources contain distribution data, maps and ecology information. Some have references so they are useful for finding additional information. When searching for books or journal articles, it is useful to also use "scientific" names of commonly known plants and animals, and the sources below can assist.

  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System Use to find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes. Can search common names to obtain scientific names and classification: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. 
  • Birds of North America From Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. A continually updated, comprehensive reference for life history information on over 700 different bird species
  • FishBase A global information system about fishes.
  • IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species

British Columbia



Library Catalogue Search Guide (finding books) Try searching your keyword in the basic search, e.g.

  • environm* and (law or legislat*) and (canad* or bc or british columbia)
  • salmon and (bcorbritish columbia)
  • spotted owl and (bcorbritish columbia)

From the search on spotted owl (above), one of the relevant books had the following useful subject headings:

Maps for B.C.

Some useful subject headings: 

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.

  • Hiking -- British Columbia
  • Hiking -- British Columbia -- Guidebooks
  • Hiking -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland -- Guidebooks
  • Hiking -- British Columbia -- North Vancouver -- Maps
  • Hiking -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island -- Guidebooks
  • Hiking -- British Columbia -- West Coast Trail -- Maps
  • Trails -- British Columbia
  • Trails -- British Columbia -- Guidebooks
  • Trails -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland -- Guidebooks
  • Trails -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Region -- Guidebooks
  • Plants -- Identification


All the books within these databases are also listed in the library catalogue, so your search there will find any titles within these databases.

Research Concepts Worksheet

Use the worksheet to brainstorm ideas, figure out keywords, develop search strategies. 

Citation Finder 

Use this tool to locate specific journal articles, books, etc. (i.e. when you already have a citation/reference)

Term paper 

The term paper provides more details on search strategies and techniques for REM 100 paper.

Journal Articles

Finding Journal Articles (finding articles)

For a complete list, see Biological Sciences databases and Resource & Environmental Management databases. For the CSA Illumina and Ebsco Host platform databases, check for the words "peer-reviewed" or "academic journals" to zero in on those types of articles.

  • Environment Complete Indexes over 1,900 environmental journals, with full-text access to about 750. Also available is full-text access to over 200 monographs.
  • Web of Science - Science, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities Citation Indexes. Once you find a useful article, you may want to click on the "cited times" link to find other researchers that have cited the article that you selected. 
  • Zoological Record plus Zoological Record Archive - All aspects of animal research. Keywords will yield some results, but the use of scientific names will produce more results
  • Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) - Biology, technology, policy and pollution information on all aquatic environments.
  • BioOne - covering biological, ecological and environmental sciences. From 2000 to current.
  • Academic Search Premier - Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.



Look under REM guide's tab for "additional sources" to find useful guides such as:

Government & Policy Information Databases

Full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups.


Try looking for maps from government sources and the library catalogue (section on this guide for subject headings on hiking and trails)