Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Your Research

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  • New, enhanced ability to search. Easier use, more indexed fields = better results
  • I browse all the time. This isn’t fuzzy logic searching, so you better spell well and type accurately. Since I find myself turning to BHL for literature in every field and subfield, I browse A LOT.
  • Concept of EOL(a web page for every species on earth)Image from
  • Hitting the print icon will open a new window, allowing you to download/print a JPEG of the page.
  • Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Your Research

    1. 1. Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Your ResearchRebecca MorinUser Services LibrarianCalifornia Academy of Sciences Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History March 7, 2011
    2. 2. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org2
    3. 3. Members American Museum of Natural History (New York) Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) Field Museum (Chicago) Natural History Museum (London) Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington) Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis) New York Botanical Garden (New York) Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Botany Libraries, Harvard University Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution3
    4. 4. Global Reach / Global Impact4
    5. 5. What’s in there?5
    6. 6. Significant Taxonomic Journals & Series6
    7. 7. Voyages of Discovery7
    8. 8. Publications of Member Libraries8
    9. 9. Botany & Zoology pre-19239
    10. 10. Post-1923 Literature10
    11. 11. BHL User Interface11
    12. 12. Searching Easier to use + more indexed fields = better results12
    13. 13. Browsing13
    14. 14. Name Searching How to find literature on Chiroderma salvini • Via EOL • Name search in BHL • Direct URL entry • Works for any uninomial, binomial, or trinomial14
    15. 15. BHL Name Search15
    16. 16. Name Search URL16
    17. 17. Encyclopedia of Life17
    18. 18. Encyclopedia of Life
    19. 19. EOL & BHLPAGE LEVEL ACCESS @ THE TAXONOMIC NAME
    20. 20. How do I use it? How do I keep it?20Photo courtesy Martin Kalfatovic
    21. 21. Download Complete Items21
    22. 22. Download a Page22
    23. 23. Download an Article23
    24. 24. PDF Generation24
    25. 25. Reading25
    26. 26. Reading26
    27. 27. eReading27
    28. 28. eReading28
    29. 29. ePubs & eReaders .ePub .Mobi29
    30. 30. ePubs & eReaders Kobo Kindle App. iBooks30
    31. 31. High-Quality Images31
    32. 32. Persistent URLs32
    33. 33. Open Datahttp://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/api2/docs/docs.html Access to data: • Scientific Name • Author • Title • Volume • Page33
    34. 34. Global Users34
    35. 35. Who Uses It? Usage 2010 • 837,000 Visits • 422,000 Unique Visitors • 4.2 Million Page Views • 221 Countries/Territories More than 80% of visitors seek information in • Systematics • Taxonomy35 • Nomenclature
    36. 36. Yelling Across the Divide Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences36
    37. 37. Feedback37
    38. 38. Scan Requests38
    39. 39. Questions?39
    40. 40. Thank You! Special Thanks to: Martin Kalfatovic & Tom Garnett The BHL Staff Group Bianca Crowley Erin Thomas Grace Cosentino Robin Everleyrmorin@calcademy.org Twitter: @tiny_librarian

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