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Scientists can use EOL as a resource for their research, share their expertise, and disseminate biodiversity information. Learn more about resources for scientists and how you can contribute to help create awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

Join EOL: EOL is a free resource! Browse EOL to learn about life on earth. To access EOL's tools such as Collections, you will need to create a free login.

EOL Resources for Scientists

EOL Taxon Pages

EOL Taxon Pages

Taxon pages are organized around a standard Table of Contents and have text descriptions, names, classifications, images, maps, video and more.
Overview of an EOL page
How to cite EOL

Names and Classifications

Names and Classifications

The information on EOL is organized using hierarchical classifications of taxa (groups of organisms) from a number of different classification providers. You can explore these hierarchies in the "Names" tab of EOL taxon pages.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Literature

Utilize biodiversity literature from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on EOL, which can be found under the "Literature" tab on taxon pages.
Overview of BHL
BHL on EOL pages

Help Build EOL

Contribute Content. Image Credit: Wendy Shapiro. CC BY-NC

Contribute Content

If you maintain a website or database project and have a large amount of information, including photos, video and sounds, that you would like to share with EOL, please consider becoming an EOL Content Partner.
Content Partner Information

Contribute Content. Image Credit: Wendy Shapiro. CC BY-NC

EOL Partners Looking for Content

Among the many ways to contribute content to EOL are a variety of partners who share their content with us. You can contribute image, audio or video files, write or edit text, share occurrence datasets, or report individual wildlife observations on a number of EOL partner sites, and  have it harvested to appear on EOL taxon pages also, increasing its visibility.
EOL Partners Looking for Content

Become a Curator

Become a Curator

EOL Curators work as a team to increase the overall quality and quantity of content on the EOL site. 
EOL Curator Information

What Scientists Have to Say About EOL:

I recently used EOL to help with describing the taxonomy of eukaryotic gene sequences discovered in a survey of lake water samples. I typically work with bacteria and archaea rather than eukaryl microbes, and found EOL to be quite helpful in "putting a face to the name" of the organisms that I was finding.

I work with datasets relating to communities of freshwater macroinvertebrates, and I often use EOL to double check spellings, see any pictures that might be available, and most importantly to check or find out their position within their group's phylogeny. It is especially helpful when I'm trying to compare various datasets that have different degrees of taxonomic resolution - e.g. I use EOL to check that I'm comparing my apples to apples, or subclass to subclass.

How Do You Use EOL?

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Additional EOL Resources for Scientists

EOL Collections and Communities
Make your own online EOL Collection of information, images, videos and more. Organize, annotate and share your collection with anyone! Make or join an EOL Community.

DNA Resources
A collection of content providers who share DNA content on EOL.

EOL Rubenstein Fellows Program
The EOL Rubenstein Fellows program supports the research of a diverse group of scientists who are committed to online collaboration and outreach. 

EOL Research Ideas
The latest cohort of Rubenstein Fellows will shortly begin with exciting projects leveraging EOL content for biological research. The EOL community is following and discussing their progress, and other potential research possibilities.