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Resources for Biological Classification
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The purpose of this libguide is to suggest sources of information about biological organism classification and phylogeny. These are not the only resources which can be used, but are rather suggested as starting points for your research.


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  • Animal Diversity Web

  • Catalogue of Life browsable and searchable by common or scientific name, provides classification information about flora and fauna and has a link at the bottom of each record that provides a page of further information and print or electronic resources about the species in question 

  • DiscoverLife essentially an encyclopedia and identification guide for all different types of flora and fauna, has taxonomy diagrams, may be browsed or searches

  • Encyclopedia of Life  searchable guide of all species of flora and fauna

  • ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System), taxonomy information database of all species of flora and fauna searchable by scientific or common name

  • NCBI Taxonomy Browser tells full lineage of species of flora and fauna and provides links to many reputable sources of information about the species

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Wilson & Reeder’s Mammal Species of the World, provides taxonomic information about mammals

  • Tree of Life Web Project browsable taxonomy chart, also searchable for all types of flora and fauna

  • Treebase searchable database of trees containing studies and information about tree species, including outside links to many other reputable websites

  • USDA Plants Database searchable by common or scientific name, provides classification and a list of print references containing information about plant species

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This LibGuide was originally created by Christine Fary as part of her fieldwork at UW-Whitewater's Andersen Library in spring 2012.


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