Ornithology Collections in Mann Library
Journals & Serial Publications
Students and researchers in the sciences rely heavily on journals for current
information. Some studies of the library use of journals show that biological scientists,
including ornithologists, also consult the older journals more frequently than most other
scientists. Studies in avian systematics, bird populations, evolution, and behavior, to
name a few areas, are all based on observations and reports made over a long period of
Mann Library maintains as complete coverage as possible of current serial publications
relating to ornithology. Journals dealing solely with birds are supplemented by those
covering the wider worlds of animal physiology, behavior, conservation, ecology,
systematics, etc. Coverage is international and journals of substance in many languages
are included. For the majority of journals, particularly those in which English is a major
language, the library's holdings date back to the beginning dates of publication. Some
notable examples of current serials whose origins date back well over fifty years are Audubon
(formerly Birdlore; 1899+), the Auk (formerly the Bulletin of the
Nuttall Ornithological Club; 1876+), British birds (1907+), the Condor (1899+),
the Emu (1901+), the Ibis (1859+), Journal für Ornithologie (1893+),
Journal of field ornithology (formerly Bird-banding; 1930+), Die
Vogelwelt (1876+), and the Wilson Bulletin (1899+).
The term "serial publication," however, covers more than just scientific
journals. It includes regularly or irregularly issued transactions and reports of
ornithological conferences, annual reviews, certain periodicals for the amateur
ornithologist, and major monographs numbered as issues in a series.
In all, through subscription or exchange, Mann Library currently receives some 200
serials classified in the field of zoology, of which about 75 specialize in ornithology.
Also available are another hundred or more serial publications in ornithology that are no
longer published. Mann does not attempt to collect the many locally-oriented newsletters
and magazines issued by bird clubs across the nation. However, the Lab of Ornithology does
acquire a large number of these publications for its Ornithology Library.
Online guide developed from:
Ornithology Collections in the Libraries at Cornell University: A Descriptive Guide
Revised Edition, 1999
Ithaca, New York
© 1999 Cornell University Library
Webpage last revised: 6/10/99 by jfc & clsb.