Rubenstein Fellows Curriculum

Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive, and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing tens of thousands titles and nearly 100,000 volumes. 

As a Fellow, and simply as a researcher, you may find yourself relying on BHL to track down literature, particularly older literature (pre-1923) and other public domain or open access publications. This is also a great resource to point out to colleagues. The BHL is in use throughout the scientific community and has met widespread approval by users. You may already be a BHL user, but if you are not familiar with the tasks below, the links will bring you to BHL tutorials that explain the tools and techniques. The current BHL Tutorials collection can be found here.

How to generate a PDF

How to generate a BHL-wide bibliography for a taxon

How to download bibliographic information, a whole document, selected pages, or images

EOL serves BHL content to visitors in our taxon pages, under the literature tab. It is displayed separately from other references shared with us by content partners, in its own subtab. Here, insttances of the taxon name are organized by the document in which they appear, and a visitor may click through to BHL to visit the pages bearing the name.

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