Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database: The late Dr Jim Duke’s most helpful database of chemical constituents in plants.
PubMed: Important resource from the National Library of Medicine and NIH. Database includes peer-reviewed scientific journal articles on all subjects, including plant and mushroom research.
HerbMed: An interactive electronic herbal database with free access to 20 top herbs. Professional database for sale; short term paid access also available to the “pro” database ($9.95 for 48 hours access)
PLANTS Database: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. One of few remaining plant-based government sites, tons of information.
The Biota of North America Program: Out of Chapel Hill, NC houses 4 different plant databases.
NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Tons of information on alternative options in health. Numerous useful topics like safety and side effects of herbs and how to find a practitioner.
Missouri Botanical Gardens: A leading educator on plants. Topics include a plant finder for more than 7500 plants that have all grown at their garden, landscape design, edible gardening and sustainable gardening. A visit to MO Botanical garden is on my bucket list!
Tropicos: An extensive electronic plant database containing more than 4.4 Million specimen records.
The Plant List: A working list of all plant species. Project is a collaboration between MO Botanical Garden, Kew Garden, and Royal Botanic Garden.
USDA National Agricultural Library: The Catalog provides citations to agricultural literature.
Ohlone Herbal Center: Collection of scholarly articles.
Open Access Journals: Advanced searching for scientists or serious herb nerds. This is a database of scientific journals including related subjects such as Food and Nutrition, Biochemistry, Immunology and Microbiology, and Plant Sciences.