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Online access to old literature
Online access to old literature (especially on Myriapoda)
For all taxonomists old books and other papers provide serious problems, as they are necessary for resarch, but usually libaries no longer allow the loan and copy of such old things. The only way to give free access to these important sources of information is to put them on the Internet. Several initiatives exist, (e.g. BHL) and the GloMyrIS project provides his own contribution by making several old papers, mainly on Myriapods, but also on Arachnida, available to the scientific community. One has to keep in mind that every act of digitalisation is harmful for the literature involved and it is not self-evident that a libary provides books and reprints for such an initiative. The following files mainly originate from original books and reprints of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, and we whish to express our thanks Dr. Juliane Diller, the scientist resposible for the library, and the library assistant Mrs. Eva Karl, for their help and obligingness.
We have to thank the team of the SysTax database as well, which provides the online portal and stores the data for us. You can have access to the digital literature directly from SysTax, but as one has to know which literature is available, we regularly actualise a list on this GBIF page. By clicking the desired citation you enter the SysTax database. You can click through the pages and download of them if necessary. Sometimes you will also find a list of taxa and specimen records form such a paper.
List of available papers
last changes: Jörg Spelda, 21.05.2014