The Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of the natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology of living animals ran by the University of Michigan. It contains thousands of species accounts that may include text, photographs, films, and sound recordings. This site functions as an online encyclopedia, science learning tool, and virtual museum.
ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen. This site collaborates with wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists to create a record of life on Earth. It is a freely accessible and invaluable resource for conservation, education, and public awareness.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is notable for its success in digitizing a significant mass of biodiversity literature. The BHL portal allows users to search by multiple access points, read texts online, or download select pages or entire volumes as PDF files. This site is ideal for collecting publications that would otherwise be only available in a few select libraries across the developed world.
The AMNH DSpace Digital Repository is a digital archive maintained by the Research Library for AMNH Scientific Publications and materials digitized by the Library. This resource is freely accessible and contains countless publications relating to the fields of zoology, paleontology, and geology.
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) began in 2007 with the bold idea to provide “a webpage for every species”. EOL brings together trusted information from resources around the world into one massive database and a single, easy-to-use online portal with the purpose of increasing awareness and understanding of living nature.
The Quaternary Faunal Mapping Project (FAUNMAP) is an electronic database that documents the late Quaternary distributions of mammals from the United States. It was originally developed at the Illinois State Museum with the support of the National Science Foundation with the primary purpose of investigating the evolution of mammal communities.