Prairie Research

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Welcome! Click on a tab below to find books, articles, and websites for use in this course.

You'll need a College of DuPage Library card in order to use most of the resources below from off campus. If your card is not working, contact us.

Questions? Feel free to contact me, stop by the Reference Desk, or contact us by email or chat.

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Image Credit: COD Newsroom: Russell Kirt Prairie. No alterations.
  1. Prairie Books
  2. Prairie Articles and Websites
  3. Using the Archive

Books

Books can provide good research about a variety of prairie topics, including history, ecology, and related subjects.

General Prairie Books

Working on a prairie-related topic? If so, try looking through the books on the following topics. I have not listed every book we own that focuses on the prairie, but these will get you started.

Tallgrass Prairie by John Madson and Frank Oberle QH104.5.M47 M34 1993

Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie by Alan K. Knapp. QH105.K3 G73 1998

The Ecology and Management of Prairies in The Central United States by Chris Helzer QH104.5.M47 H45 2010

Illinois Wilds by Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post, Kenneth Ray Robertson. QH105.I3 J4 1995

Prairie: A Natural History by Candace Sherk Savage, David Suzuki Foundation. QH102 .S38 2011

Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie by Aimée Larrabee and John Altman QH104 .L33 2001

Plants of the Prairies

Prairie Plants Of The Midwest: Identification And Ecology by Russell Kirt. QK938.P7 K5 1995 (in Reference and On Reserve)

Prairie Plants Of Northern Illinois: Identification And Ecology by Russell Kirt. QK157 .K5 1989x

Prairie Establishment And Landscaping by William E. McClain, Illinois. Division of Natural Heritage., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. QK938.P7 M24 2003

Best Groundcovers And Vines For The Prairies by Hugh Skinner, Sara Williams, Lesley Reynolds. SB432 .S552 2007

Edible Wild Plants Of The Prairie : An Ethnobotanical Guide by Kelly Kindscher. QK 98.5 .U6 K56 1987

Medicinal Wild Plants Of The Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide by Kelly Kindscher. E78.G73 K56 1992

Animals of the Prairies

The Prairie Gardener's Book of Bugs: A Guide to Living With Common Garden Insects by Nora Bryan, Grace Buzik, Ruth Staal. SB931 .B79 2003

Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie by Alan K. Knapp. QH105.K3 G73 1998 *See description

The Ecology and Management of Prairies in The Central United States by Chris Helzer QH104.5.M47 H45 2010 *Includes animal info

The Russell R. Kirt Prairie

First, start by checking out the books we have that were authored by Kirt:
Plant Species And Management Plan For College Of Dupage's Marshes And Woodlands by Russell R. Kirt, College of DuPage. QK157 .K49 2000

Prairie Plants Of The Midwest: Identification And Ecology by Russell Kirt. QK938.P7 K5 1995 (in Reference and On Reserve)

Prairie Plants Of Northern Illinois: Identification And Ecology by Russell Kirt. QK157 .K5 1989x

You can also check out the Archives tab above to see what unique items appear in our collection.

The Prairie Ecology sections of the collection are QH104-105 and QH541.5. Feel free to browse our collections. However, keep in mind that plants (QK, SB) and animals (QL) have their own subject areas where you may also find interesting items...

You can also use I-Share to request books owned by other libraries in Illinois.

Finding Articles and Websites about the Prairie

Need scholarly articles about prairie topics? Try the following databases:

Science Direct is a scholarly article database. Try searching by at least two keywords. Need help? Check out this tutorial. You'll need an active library card to access it.

Academic Search Complete has a mixture of popular and scholarly articles, and has a variety of prairie-focused research.

Google Scholar indexes a variety of scholarly research about the prairie. Want to use Google Scholar to help identify what you have access to in our library? Watch this short tutorial on how to do that!

Websites

The Prairie Research Institute has good information about current prairie research.

Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit created to fund prairie research projects. You can search research projects by state, date, and topic.

The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (run by USGS) has reports on topics like honeybees and native polinators, wolves, and oil and natural gas development, among others.

Archives

Want to know more about the Russell Kirt Prairie on the COD campus?

More info can be found in the College Archives, including photos, documents and articles. Contact Jenny Dunbar using the Archives page to arrange a time to do research in the archives.