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The new Biodiversity Heritage Library User Interface is active today. 


Please take a look and  I suggest you check out the guide to the new BHL Guide to the New BHL .


A blog post has been set up, with links tweets and Facebook posts. 


Of particular interest will be the ability to search BHL by articles (>80,000 will be indexed and available in BHL by the launch) and improvements to the PDF generation process.


Coincidentally BHL Europe is launching today.


Its an exciting time for BHL and all associated with it.  We hope th users will find the new site an BHL a useful additional tool in their portfolio.  PLease send your comments to or leave a comment on the blog post.


Alison Harding


In the run up to the landmark Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brasil this week, the Open Access resource – Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy - has highlighted some of the key areas being discussed this year: ocean management; disasters; water; employment; food; cities; energy data in the article Creating the future we want.


This ejournal is freely available via Open Access and has a wealth of information in all areas related to sustainability and the environment.  See the Researchers toolkit for analyising datasets, a visualisation tool for manipulating data and keep up to date with current issues and posts via the SSPP blog.                                                                                                    



Read this and more reviews of the latest news and views in sustainability and environment with this peer-reviewed  ejournal. This journal is available on the NHM Library catalogue.          


JSTOR & BioOne in Library & Archives

Posted by N Bevan Apr 18, 2012



New extended access to major research databases available for Library registered users.


JSTOR has recently launched an experimental program to offer free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register (for free) with a MYJSTOR account.


The 'Read and Register' initative aims to extend access to JSTOR beyond the walls of a subscribing institution.


At present approximately 75 journals from more than 40 publishers are part of this program. JSTOR plan to add additional titles at a later date. A full list of titles can be found here.


Once registered users can read and save up to three items or articles at one time. The item must stay on your shelf for a minimum of 14 days but then it can be removed and replaced with a new item. For full information on how to access this contet go to JSTOR.



BioOne offers full text access to a wide range of high impact bioscience research journals, check the full list of journals here.


BioOne's mobile site allows registered library users to access BioOne from their supported device for up to 28 days free of charge.


Come into the library and access BioOne via the library's subscription, here you can 'pair your device' to BioOne. This is easy to do, full instructions can be found here, or ask a member of staff. After 28 days access will expire and you will need to come back to the library to renew.


To become a registered library user please make an appointment to come and visit us. Contact information, details on what you need to bring on your first visit, opening times and other information can all be found here.


Free access to art ejournals until 28th Feb!!

Historians and artists as well as scientists make use of our wonderful collections of artwork. The library artworks collections are rich and varied as highlighted in the new museum gallery - Images of Nature.


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These beautiful illustrations help to uncover the story of how the natural world was depicted over centuries of scientific investigation. Before the camera artists, such as Sydney Parkinson - a young man who travelled alongside Captain Cook on the first voyage to Australia in 1768, would board ships with bags filled with artists materials in order to document and bring to life these astonishing new lands, animals, plants and peoples for the first time.

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Routledge is making its entire collection of art ejournals freely available for a limited time on Informaworld. There are some excellent articles about natural history art available. Read on and discover more about this fasinating area of research.


Here are some pieces to start you off -


Nature prints, 18th Century botanical drawings, Art and Science, Landscape history


The full list of titles can be accessed here.

Starting from this year we've added a great new electronic resource to our collection - Springerlink



Springerlink is a fantastic e-resource for the library and provides access to over one thousand scientific, technical and medical journals. Springer is one of the leading STM publishers worldwide.


You can search journal articles that cover a rich variety of academic disciplines from 1997 to the current issue to help you in your research. The website is really easy to use and has been designed with researchers in mind. Content has been organised into 13 easy to browse subject collections with interlinking throughout, PDF previews and different search options.


454 journals are included in the BioMedical and Life Sciences subject collection, covering evolutionary and developmental biology, plant sciences, ecology and zoology and much more. The Earth and Environment Sciences subject collection is another area of special interest to the work of the museum. Subjects covered include climate change, nature conservation mineralogy, paleontology and oceanography.


For researchers interested in science education and teaching there are a number of titles in the Humanities collection and if your interest is in museum, archive or library studies a Library Science sub-collection within humanities has some useful content.


This resource is available free of charge to library users here in the library at the museum, all you need to do is book an appointment to come in and register with us. Abstracts are free to all wherever you are. If you'd like to know more or arrange an introductory session leave a comment or email me at