Ethnobotany

What subject headings are used for works on ethnobotany or traditional knowledge concerning plants?

Ethnobotany: “Definition: The plant lore and agricultural customs of a people. In the field of medicine, the emphasis is on traditional medicine and the existence and medicinal uses of plants and their constituents, both historically and in modern times.” (National Agricultural Library Glossary, 2007)

For general works on ethnobotany (GN476.73):

  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Abstracts.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Dictionaries.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Early works to 1800.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Congresses.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Bibliography.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Nomenclature.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Philosophy.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Periodicals.
  • 650 Ethnobotany $v Research.

For works about ethnobotany in a specific location:

  • 650 Ethnobotany $z [Place]

Example: Ethnobotany $z Guadeloupe $z Marie-Galante.

For works about ethnobotany in a specific culture or ethnic group: Use the following free-floating subdivision under ethnic groups (Source: Subject Cataloging Manual, Subject Headings, Section H1103) $x Ethnobotany (may subdivide geographically)

  • Examples:
  • Maori (New Zealand people) $x Ethnobotany .
  • Indians of North America $x Ethnobotany $z Northeastern States.

Other subject headings related to ethnobotany from the Library of Congress Authority File :

  • Applied ethnobotany (May geographically subdivide)
    • “Here are entered works on the application of ethnobotany to plant conservation.”
  • Botany, Medical (May geographically subdivide)
    • “Here are entered works on the discipline of medical botany.”
  • Ethnopharmacology (May geographically subdivide)
    • “Here are entered works on the study of the use made of substances for medical purposes by particular societies or ethnic groups.”
  • Human-plant relationships (May geographically subdivide)
  • Materia medica, Vegetable (May geographically subdivide)
    • Use for the therapeutic use of medicinal plants
  • Medicinal plants (May geographically subdivide)
    • “Here are entered works on the description and/or the cultivation of medicinal plants.”
  • Paleoethnobotany (May geographically subdivide)
  • Plants $v Folklore (GR780 |b GR790)
  • Plant remains (Archaeology) (May geographically subdivide)
  • Traditional ecological knowledge (May geographically subdivide)
    • “Here are entered works on the knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples through direct contact with their environment over a long period of time.”
  • Traditional Medicine (May geographically subdivide)
    • Or if about the traditional medicine of a particular ethnic group use:
      • $x Medicine under ethnic groups
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