Updates to Bibliography Pages in BHL

We have updated the bibliography pages in BHL to streamline the presentation of information about and metadata export options for content in the Library.

Previously, bibliographic details and export options were available through different tabs on title and part pages. These tabs have now been removed, and all bibliographic information is consolidated into a single display.

Screenshot showing BHL bibliography pages before and after.

The various tabs on title and part bibliography pages have now been consolidated into a single display.

BHL’s metadata export options have also been relocated. BHL offers metadata exports in MODS, BibTex, and RIS formats. MODS is an XML-based bibliographic description schema used in a variety of library applications. BibTex and RIS are bibliographic citation files that are compatible with a variety of citation management tools. The MODS file is a title-level download. The BibTex and RIS files are item-level downloads.

The MODS download is available at the bottom of the title and part bibliography pages.

Screenshot of a title page in BHL with the "Download MODS" button circled.

MODS download on the title and page bibliography pages.

The BibTex and RIS downloads are available in two places:

1) Under the volume or part details on bibliography pages.

Screenshot of the citation download options in the BHL website.

BibTex and RIS downloads on title (left) and part (right) bibliography pages.

2) Under the “Download Contents” menu in the book viewer, via the “Download Citation” option.

Screenshot of the BHL book viewer with the citation download options displayed.

Download citation options in the BHL book viewer.

As part of this update, we have removed the direct Mendeley import from BHL, as the generic RIS and BibTex formats are compatible with a variety of citation management softwares including Mendeley.

Details about our metadata export services are also available in the FAQ on the BHL About site.

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.