The Oxford Plant Systematics and Diversity research group, based within the Oxford University Herbaria, combines comprehensive research in plant systematics with a broad range of applied biodiversity activities.
Visitors can access the full range of online tools and databases currently hosted by the Oxford University Herbaria: BRAHMS, a searchable database of herbaria specimens, and the Virtual Field Herbarium, a diverse collection of images and data aimed at helping researchers identify tropical plant species.
There are many high quality information sources on the internet. Key sites are shown in the boxes on the left, others include:
The Sesame Project supports students on weekly classes at the Department of Continuing Education. Tutors in the Department have created and selected resources relevant for their courses and made these available via the website http://open.conted.ox.ac.uk/.
Here are some of the resources relating to environmental conservation:
Previously, most academic publications were available only by paid subscription.
Increasingly there is now a move towards Open Access publishing, which will make more journal articles available online free of charge to the reader.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a searchable database of Open Access scholarly journals.
Some public libraries provide online access to academic journal articles, through a scheme called Access to Research.
This is separate from the University's subscriptions, so will include different journals.
To find out if your local public library is participating, check http://www.accesstoresearch.org.uk/libraries. All Oxfordshire County Council Libraries and the Reading Central Library are included in the scheme.
The results of a search on SOLO may include digitized copies.
Digitized copies are scans of print books which are out of copyright, produced as part of the Oxford Google Books Project. They are freely available online.
The SOLO record for a digitized copy will include the line ***Digitized copy available - see Details tab for link***