Guide to the New BHL

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is implementing a new user interface on March 18, 2013, including an updated website design, improved book navigation, and where possible, article-level access to some items in the collection. The new interface was informed by usability studies and is based on the design and functionality of the BHL-Australia portal.

This document will guide you through the interface changes.

New Homepage

Advanced Search

General Search

Browsing

Bibliographic Information

Articles, Chapters, or Parts in a Volume

Book Viewer: Multi-Page View

Book Viewer: OCR and Single or Double Page View

Book Viewer: Download Options

Book Viewer: Table of Contents

Custom PDF Generation

Reviewing your PDF

Generating your PDF

Questions/Comments?


New Homepage


Advanced Search

BHL has implemented the ability to search by articles, chapters, and other book segments. Using algorithms developed by Rod Page of BioStor, a selection of content has been broken down into individual articles and parts, which are indexed and searchable on BHL. A new tab on the advanced search screen allows you to search specifically for articles and chapters within books.

As of March 2013, over 80,000 articles and chapters have been indexed and are searchable within BHL. Additional articles and chapters will become available as the collections continue to be indexed.


General Search


Browsing


Bibliographic Information

See next section for information about the list of articles in a volume, which is displayed by clicking on the “View Identified Parts” link. If the book’s parts have not yet been identified, this link will not appear.


Articles, Chapters, or Parts in a Volume


Book Viewer: Multi-Page View

Note on Taxon Names: BHL uses algorithms to identify and display (see “View Taxon Names” above) the taxon names found throughout the literature in our collection. In the future, BHL will implement a new, improved algorithm to identify more scientific names throughout the BHL corpus than ever before. That means, when you search for a species name in BHL, you'll get more results, thus receiving a more accurate reflection of the species' publication history.

Test applications of this algorithm on a portion of the BHL corpus have already resulted in an increase in nearly 50 million name instances in BHL, translating to over 20 million new unique names identified. These newly-identified names are currently available in BHL.


Book Viewer: OCR and Single or Double Page View


Book Viewer: Download Options


Book Viewer: Table of Contents


Custom PDF Generation

        

See further instructions for reviewing and generating PDFs

in the following sections.


Reviewing your PDF


Generating your PDF


Questions/Comments?

Send us feedback or write to feedback@biodiversitylibrary.org.