Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials
Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials
Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials
Linking Florida's Natural Heritage

About The Collection

Library Collections

All of the library collections listed below may be searched through the Florida Environments Online database interface.

Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS)

The Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS) collection for Florida (5,500 + records) is a bibliographic database that has been compiled by Victor Ramey and Karen Brown at the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. The total collection is world-wide in scope and contains more than 58,000 annotated citations to the literature, including grey literature such as proceedings and government reports. Records specific to Florida have been extracted for inclusion in Florida Environments Online (FEOL). To access the complete database, go to: To access the entire CAIP web site, which contains photographs, line drawings, basic and detailed information about many aquatic, wetland and invasive plant species, prohibited plant laws and lists, a list of plant manuals and field guides, and much more, go to:

Everglades Digital Library

Everglades Digital Library (EDL) is a comprehensive portal to high-quality Internet resources relating to the south Florida environment. These resources include online texts, articles, reports, photographs, maps, datasets, educational materials, and historical records, as well as links to organizational web sites and agency home pages. These materials come from libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and more. Originally initiated as the Everglades Information Network with an Everglades Online database and an Everglades Digital Library, the EDL now incorporates both resources. It was started as a collaborative project of the Florida International University Libraries and Everglades National Park, the project has now grown to involve numerous other scientific, government, library, and educational organizations such as the FIU Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Restoration Ecology Branch of the Florida Caribbean Science Center, USGS-Biological Resources Division, the University of Miami Library and the Historical Museum of South Florida.

Florida Environments Online

Florida Environments Online contains both digital full text materials and research bibliographies about the ecology and environment of Florida. Digitized materials include more than 200 seminal texts on species and ecosystems selected by scientific experts throughout the state of Florida and digitized specifically for the Linking Florida's Natural Heritage project. They also include the publications of the Florida Geological Survey, and agricultural documents created by the Agricultural Experiment Station/Extension Service (IFAS) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, as well as engineering documents created by the UF Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station.

The Florida Environments Online also contains eight merged research bibliographies augmented with records contributed by scientists and state agencies throughout Florida. The research bibliographies included are:

Florida Geological Survey

As part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) collects, interprets, disseminates, stores, and maintains geologic data. Its activities contribute to the responsible use and understanding of Florida's natural resources, to the conservation of Florida's oil and gas resources, and to minimizing environmental impacts from exploration and production activities. As part of its information dissemination activities, it publishes the following series:

Florida Agricultural History and Rural Life

This collection documents early agricultural development up to its modern changes (1820-1945) and the early development of engineered solutions to Florida's needs (1933-1970s). Included are a bibliography, full-text copies of IFAS, FDACS, and EIES publications.Digitization of this collection is ongoing.

BIBLIOGRAPHY : Citations of published books, journals, reports, IFAS documents and FDACS documents covering Florida agriculture and rural life between 1820-1945.


FORMIS Ant Bibliography

FORMIS99 is a master bibliography of ant literature, composed from eleven ant literature databases as well as contributions from individual users. It contains citations for a large fraction of the world's ant literature (about 29,000 references). This database is designed to allow convenient searches of titles, keywords and abstracts when available. Citations from this database can be exported to create specialty databases or personal reprint indexes. The FORMIS home page provides full information about using and contributing to FORMIS, as well as a description of the sources contributing to the database, which include the UCD Ant Literature Database, compiled by Philip S. Ward, Steve O. Shattuck, and William L. Brown, Jr.; AGRICOLA, the information service of the National Agricultural Library; and ANTBIB by Philip S. Ward, Barry Bolton, Steven O. Shattuck, and William L. Brown, Jr.

Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands Publications

The Center for Wetlands has been generating publications related to environmental issues since its inception in 1973. Digitization of these publications began in the summer of 2004 as a cooperative project with the Digital Library Center, University of Florida Libraries. This is an ongoing project and only those publications without copyright restriction will be included.

Sea Turtle Bibliography

The Sea Turtle Online Bibliography was developed by the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (ACCSTR) at the University of Florida. This online bibliography contains more than 12,000 references on all aspects of sea turtle biology, conservation and management. The bibliography is continually updated with citations from recognized bibliographic sources as well as "grey literature" such as unpublished notes and reports.

South West Florida Environmental Documents Collection

The South West Florida Environmental Documents Collection (SWFEDC), comprising the Estero Bay Documents Collection, the Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center Documents Collection, and the Caloosahatchee Documents Collection contain recent and historical scientific information related to the environment of Southwest Florida and the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed.

Reports, surveys, monographs and other materials from agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are collected together with materials from local agencies such as the South Florida Water Management District, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and local consulting and engineering firms.

State University Library Catalogs

The library catalogs of the State University System of Florida describe the print and electronic holdings of libraries at Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of West Florida. Together, the library catalogs contain more than 10 million bibliographic records for books, journals, and media held within the SUS. Although of course not all holdings relate to Florida's natural heritage, the catalogs are a rich source of information in support of the universities' biological, medical and environmental programs. The library catalogs can also be searched through WebLUIS, the Library User Information System run by the Florida Center for Library Automation.

Florida Specimen Data Collections

Increasingly specimen data is being made available over the internet. Because of global efforts to standardize the electrification of specimen data, the developers of the Linking Florida Natural Heritage project believe attempts to integrate specimen data and bibliographic citations would be counterproductive at this time.

During this transitional phase, we will attempt to keep the listing of Florida Specimen Data sites current. If you know of sites that should be added, please contact us.