How this works

This isn't really a blog, but a growing list of links. I try to keep them organized by function. Please use the date of the post as your indicator of the last time I've updated a given post/subject.
I started this for my own reference (yes, as bookmarks), but decided to "set it free". Well, not that free. I don't like social bookmarking, so here it is.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Howtos" in Taxonomy

Taxonomic keys by Dr. Betancourt-López (URPM)

Best practice in the use of the scientific names of animals: Support for editors of technical journals (ICZN) - includes:
  • 5. Format of names – how to write names correctly
  • 8. Lectotype designations 
  • 10. Zoobank and the registration of names 
  • this handy table, so you can make sure you are forming those Latin names for new species properly:

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Literature Sources

This list is by no means exhaustive. It was created to help locate older literature that was not available to my local library. It was started in a largely pre-monster-digitalization-initiatives world, but until there's a crawler that gets all of these and more, finding library repos and journal archives remains important. There are some rogue journals in this list; I included them because they were major sources for the taxa I'd been working on.

My current recommendation is that one starts the search at Plazi and Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive book collections (many libraries share special collections there) as the chances that libraries contributed to those sites are high..

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Digital Preservation Guides


Internet Archive - Wayback machine - search dead web sites

Internet Archive - eBooks and Texts - search free/open access and public domain

Biodiversity Heritage Library (partially (?) on Internet Archive as well)


Open Access Directory (list of disciplinary repositories)

Registry of Research Data Repositories (Life Sciences> Biology) - produce a snapshot of a web page that remains in online archive or save as a picture

Wayback Machine - produce a snapshot which gets saved in Internet Archive (must allow crawlers)


Sunday, March 20, 2016


NB. This is not an endorsement of any of these agencies or websites. The fact I have their link them means I found out about them through a source I have some respect for. Remember that it's up to you if you're going to accept candy from strangers.