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UMass Amherst Libraries

Forestry / Arboriculture

Resources for research in forestry or arboriculture

Books at UMass

If  an e-book, the link should take you directly to the book.

Library Catalog searching

Find books on the Library site (

Use either UMA WorldCat (finds items located everywhere) or the
Five College catalog (searches UMass Amherst library and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke & Smith Colleges)


  • You can get a book delivered to UMass from the other Four Colleges by clicking on Request Item at the top of the book's record. This only works for books in paper, not e-books.
  • UMass people can only read e-books from other colleges while on their campuses unless enrolled in their courses.

Use one book to find others

When you find one useful book, look at the Subject(s) assigned to it; if you see a Subject that looks good, click it to see other titles with the same subject.

Borrow books from other libraries

  • Four College librariy books - click on Request Item at the top of the book's record. (not for e-books)
  • WorldCat indexes books from many other libraries. If you find a title you want that we don't have, try to borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.


Search tips

Specific or general terms?

Specific terms give fewer but more precise results:
    Northern Flicker 

General terms give more hits, but a lower ratio of useful ones:

Specific terms may miss a book with just a chapter on your topic.

To broaden your search 
 Add words with similar or broader meanings.

E.g., use both scientific and common names for organisms, connected with OR:

Northern Flicker or Colaptes auratus

NOTE:Scientific names sometimes change!

Use wildcards (the asterisk *) in Keyword searches

forest* will find forest, forests and forestry

and variant spellings (colour, grey/gray)