JSTOR Plant Science

JSTOR Plant Science is a relatively new member of the JSTOR/ITHAKA family of information products. It is a very interesting resource that allows the user to access a variety of information about specific plants. It includes taxonomic information, images, type specimens, and links to publications in Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and JSTOR. Information can be accessed by scientific name, resource type (articles, books, drawing, specimens, etc.), geographic area, collection, collector, and more. It provides access to more than 600,000 digital herbarium specimens created by the Global Plants Initiative (GPI). If you set up a free “MyPLANTS” account, you can use the viewer to measure plant parts in herbarium specimens or images; you can also tag items and save them to your account.

Currently, South America and Africa are the most well represented regions with over 300,000 records for each location. There is very little Pacific island material included; there are only 1,756 records listed for the geographic area “Pacific.” As far as I can tell, there are no taxa from Hawaii. If you do a search on “Hawaii,” you erroneously retrieve all of the records that include the phrase “excl. Hawaii”! Nevertheless, it is a very interesting resource that links a variety of information formats using one interface

UH Manoa students, faculty, and staff should use the Electronic Resources Gateway link to access JSTOR Plant Science in order to facilitate access to our JSTOR full text subscriptions. That link is:

http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=56264

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