Biodiversity Heritage Library

For patrons interested in various biology topics, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great open source site with this stated goal:

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Biodiversity is defined by Merriam Webster as “biological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals“. So this topic is broad and vast, covering animal & plant biology, classification, extinct and surviving species, evolutionary history and many others.

Slate.com did an article on the site’s flickr.com image page: “2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free“.

So here’s how it works: I searched “platypus”:

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and it took me here:

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I chose to look at an article, as opposed to a book, book review or other resource, and after choosing the “article” tab and “view article” this is what came up:

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As you can see, this is an actual article from an actual academic journal that someone may find useful for their research. This search is good for searching across books and journals, scientific names, authors and subjects. You may also browse by title, author, date, collection and contributor.

They have many of the other features standard to most pages these days, such as their social media links, a blog, a link to other media and links to their visual resources.

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Practical, Information Rich Resource for Local Gardeners

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The Tennessee Home Vegetable Gardener 2018 Calendar is a great resource for the local home gardener. It is a resource rich in practical information to assist anyone wanting to use methods specific to our particular area.

You can find the calendar here: https://extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W436.pdf, or you can go to the UT Extensions publication page and search “Tennessee Home Vegetable Garden” as I’ve done here:

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This search gives you the following screen, from which you select the encircled link:

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So, what’s in the calendar? Here’s a quick rundown:

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Aside from having the conventional calendar, each month also has an information page full of what tasks are best done in any given month. The top page of any month spread includes a to do list as shown above, while the bottom page has the conventional calendar with key dates marked:

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The back of the calendar includes several indices for more specific notes to record crop yield, weather patterns and crop issues such as pest and disease problems:

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This resource is free as a pdf to anyone who wants to access the link above. It could be useful simply printed out on regular copy paper, but may be more practical printed out on card stock, or placed in a binder to better last throughout a whole year of gardening.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i2727e/i2727e00.htm

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012, is a book that is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The number of fish farmers, along with the status of the fishing fleet is provided. Fish processing, consumption, and commodity statistics are also listed. Finally, the governance and outlook for the fish industry is displayed. Many other statistics are also available within the book.

Eurostat Yearbook

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Europe_in_figures_-_Eurostat_yearbook

Eurostat Yearbook gives European statistics from Eurostat, the European Union Statistical Office. Data includes the Euro Area and Member States. Entries include information on the economy and finance; population; health; labour market; education and training;  industry and trade; agriculture, forestry and fisheries; international trade; transportation; environment; energy; and science and technology. Helpful charts and tables are also included. Each yearbook is updated as new statistics are released.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/about.php

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture’s on-line edition is an updated version of the the book that was originally published in 1998.  Students, teachers, and researchers can use this website to find information about Tennessee.  Topics are broken down into user friendly categories.  Popular subjects include the Civil War, Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson and Daniel Boone.  This on-line version has updated and new entries, over 500 images, and also video and audio files.

Tennessee Crop Weather

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/State_Crop_Progress_and_Condition/current/current_tn.rtf

From the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, this website shows the weather conditions for crops in state of Tennessee weekly. From the site – “It includes degree days, temperature, precipitation, crop planting progress, crop development and harvesting progress”.

Faostat

faostat.fao.org/default.aspx

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) is now providing open access to their database relating to food and agriculture statistics for some 200 countries.  The information provided includes agricultural and food production, land use, population trends,  food aid shipments and other great information. Statistics on the database goes back to 1961. Free registration is all that is required to access the database.