The Biodiversity Heritage Library implemented 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 the BHL interface.
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.
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.
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.
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