Resources Available in the Fischer Agricultural Sciences Library


Many indexes are available online, or in print in the Indexes area just behind the computers.

  • BIOSIS (1969-present): Covers literature in all areas of biology and related disciplines. To review biological literature published before 1969 consult Bioloigical Abstracts.
  • Web of Science (1980-present): The web version of the Science Citation Index, Web of Science covers journals in Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine. Web of Sciences allows users to see how often an article was cited and view those citations, view the citations the author used, and search by citation. To review scientific literature published before 1980 consult the Science Citation Index.
  • Reference Collection

    The reference collection includes dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias and florae.


    Recent issues of most print journals received by the Fischer Agricultural Sciences Branch are shelved alphabetically in the current journals area. Unbound back issues and bound volumes are shelved alphabetically in the journal shelves.


    Books are arranged in call number order in two sections: Books classified by Library of Congress call numbers, e.g., SB191.B2 B75,  are on the north side. Books purchased by the libraries before the 1960s are in a separate section cataloged with Dewey Decimal call numbers, e.g. 634 W522, are on the southern wall of the library behind the bound journals.

    Borrowing Library Materials

    All materials leaving the Fischer Agricultural Sciences Library must be checked out at the Circulation desk. Present your WSU identification card, the Cougar Card, and the item(s) you want to borrow. Return borrowed items to the Circulation desk or, when the library is closed, use the Book Return Box outside the front door.

    Course Reserves

    Books, articles, and other materials that faculty have put on reserve for use by students are held at the Circulation desk. You can search for course reserves via Griffin by instructor name, or course name. Some course reserves are available online (electronic reserves). All items must be checked out at the Circulation desk.

    Borrowing From Other Libraries

    Washington State University faculty, staff, and students can request books and articles the libraries do not own through InterLibrary Loan. Please note that WSU faculty, staff, and students can request a book not found in Griffin, the WSU Libraries catalogue, through SUMMIT. If the book is not in Griffin or Summit, or you need a copy of an article, register for ILLIAD. For more information on borrowing from other libraries, contact Interlibrary Loan Services.

    Plant Pathology Reprints

    A collection of reprints of scholarly articles on plant pathology, maintained by the Plant Pathology Department, is located in the southeast corner, just beyond the Dewey Decimal monograph section. There is an author index for the collection nearby on the north wall.

    Copying and Printing

    Two printer/copiers are located near the entrance of the Fischer Agricultural Science Library. To pay for printing and copying you must have money on your Cougar Card, the same card you use to check out books. To put money on your Cougar Card online, just go to the Cougar Card website, click on Add Cougar Cash, and follow the instuctions. If you need to put cash on your Cougar Card, or have problems with your card, go to the Cougar Card office, CUB Room 60.

    To get a refund for money on an exising copicard, please take the card to the Library Administration Office, Holland 221 between the hours of 8:30am-12noon and 1:00pm-4:30pm. If your Copicard was purchased with a departmental IRI take the card to the finance person in your department.

    Study Lounge

    Directly opposite the Fischer Library entrance, in Room C-4, is a study lounge. The lounge is provided to increase the amount of study space available for students and faculty using the Fischer Library

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