BHL Adds New, Easier Article Download Feature

We’ve added functionality to the BHL book viewer that makes it easier to generate a PDF for an article.

When you are viewing an article that has been defined in BHL, you can now quickly and easily generate a PDF of that article using our new “Download Article” option in the “Download Contents” dropdown menu.

Screenshot of the book viewer in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with the "download article" option highlighted in the download contents menu.

“Download Article” option in the “Download Contents” dropdown menu.

Selecting the “Download Article” option will launch BHL’s custom PDF generation functionality, with all pages in the article pre-selected. Be sure to review the selected pages to ensure all relevant pages are highlighted. Select additional pages or unselect unwanted pages by clicking on the page images. Once your selection is finalized, click “generate” to complete the process.

Screenshot of the book viewer in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with the "generate" button in the PDF selection process highlighted.

The pages of your article will be pre-selected. Review to ensure all desired pages are included.

The “Generate My PDF” screen will appear, with the “Article/Chapter Title” field pre-filled. Provide the email address to which you would like the PDF to be delivered and click “Finish”. A link to download your PDF will be emailed to the address provided.

Screenshot of the "generate PDF" form in the Biodiversity Heritage Library book viewer.

A link to download your PDF will be emailed to the address provided in the “Generate My PDF” form.

The “Download Article” option will only be available if you are viewing content that has been defined as part of an article. Articles that have been defined for the item you are viewing are listed in the Table of Contents in the book viewer. Click on any of the entries to navigate directly to the first page of that article. If you are viewing pages that have been defined as part of an article, the article title will display below the series title in the book viewer.

Screenshot of the book viewer in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with the table of contents and article title features highlighted.

Use the Table of Contents to navigate to articles defined in the book you are viewing. If you are viewing pages that have been defined as part of an article, the article title will display below the series title in the book viewer.

Please note that defining articles in BHL is an ongoing process, and not all articles in the Library have been indexed. If the article you need has not yet been indexed, you can still use our “Select Pages to Download” feature to manually select the article pages and generate a PDF. Learn more about the “Select Pages to Download” feature in our FAQ.

Screenshot of the book viewer in the Biodiversity Heritage Library with the "select pages to download" option highlighted in the "download contents" menu.

Use the “Select Pages to Download” feature if “Download Article” is not available.

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Grace Costantino is the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library. In this capacity, she developed and manages BHL's communication strategy, oversees social media initiatives, and engages with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL.