Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New name finding functionality

We've released new functionality in BHL to allow users to search across all the scientific names we've indexed throughout our digital library and view a bibliography of occurrences - what we're tentatively calling a "discovered bibliography". To view in action, begin here:

You can search by any taxonomic name, such as Poa annua, or Poaceae, to return results.

Next steps will be to allow users to search for a taxonomic name & return results for it and its synonyms, or taxa below. But before implementing that advanced functionality, we'd like to make sure this works well for a single taxonomic name. Please give it a try and leave comments below. --Chris Freeland


  1. Chris, I'd love to check this out, but your link points to a "We're sorry, but the page you requested does not exist." Could you update the link? - Günter

  2. Günter, not sure what was happening, but the site is operational. Give it a try at

  3. You need to be able to filter from the bibliographic list the index entries and other referential devices that do not contain scientific information about the species name being searched on. Otherwise, the bibiographies will become huge with little value. Also, the algorithm should be able to identify pictures or graphics among the listings returned.