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Library Resources for the Illinois Natural History Survey

These collections, databases, and finding aids are maintained by the Illinois Natural History Survey Librarian.   Contact us if you need help using these resources or locating cited items.


Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP) Bibliography

Documents from the Illinois Critical Trends Assessment Program and Conservation 2000. Includes the Area Assessments and resource inventory brochures for the 33 Illinois regions, land cover mapping project reports, general CTAP program reports, and EcoWatch documents.  University Library call numbers and links to catalog records are provided. Most documents are held in the Prairie Research Institute library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.

CTAP Reports in IDEALS (a collection of CTAP Watershed Reports available online)


Digital Resource Catalogs

Directory of catalogs of digital resources useful for natural sciences research.


Electronic Maps

Directory of electronic maps


Guide to the Illustrated Flora of Illinois

Titles and call numbers of volumes from Mohlenbrock's the Illustrated Flora of Illinois series


Illinois Natural History Survey Staff Bibliography RSS feed button

Publications (peer-reviewed and popular articles, books, book chapters, and conference proceedings and presentations) by and about Illinois Natural History Survey researchers from 1870 to the present. Many reprints through the 1980s are available in the Prairie Research Institute Library for in-house use.  Most items are included in University Library print or online collections; use the Discover buttons to locate full text or print copies in the University Library. Contains more than 8,300 citations as of April 2009; updated regularly. For Illinois Natural History Survey staff, learn how citations are added.
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Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Reports RSS feed button

Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Reports are authored by INHS scientists for the purpose of documenting the status, stewardship, conservation, and restoration of Illinois' biotic resources. The reports are used by the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Department of Natural Resources, and various granting agencies to assess needs and formulate policy. Reports may originate from any of the Illinois Natural History Survey centers and field stations. The collection comprises more than 1500 reports as of July 2009, and most are owned only by the  Prairie Research Institute library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library. Copies are kept at the Prairie Research Institute Library and are available for in-house use, with a few exceptions. More than 300 reports have been cataloged and are available for request/check out via the University Library catalog or via I-Share. Records for cataloged items include call numbers and links to catalog records. The Illinois Natural History Survey Human Dimensions Program reports are available online, and database records provide links to online reports when available. Updated semi-annually. Also see,


Illinois Flora Database

1,275 citations from Bibliography of Illinois Vegetation by Paul Risser (1984), published as Illinois Natural History Survey  Biological Note no. 121. Covers the literature describing the plant communities throughout Illinois from the ~100 years prior to publication. Not updated. 


Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Files

The Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC) assists public and private landowners in protecting high quality habitats through voluntary dedication or registrations of land.  Species lists and other data on preserves are held in the Prairie Research Institute Library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library, filed alphabetically by county and natural area or preserve name.  Illinois Natural History Survey researchers have added to the original data.  Also see:


Illinois Survey Field Notes Collection

Surveyor field notes from the early 19th century describe habitats and landscape features, and can be used to determine pre-settlement vegetation.  On microfilm, available for in-house use in the Prairie Research Institute library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.  (Field notes correspond to the Illinois Township Plats created ca. 1850.)  


Illinois Wetlands Inventory Map Collection

Locations and classifications of the state's wetlands, lakes, and rivers on topographical maps.  Arranged alphabetically by quadrangle name, with an index to quadrangles provided.  Available for in-house use in the Prairie Research Institute Library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.


Index Kewensis version 2.0

Index Kewensis is an alphabetical listing of plant names and includes the bibliographic references to the place of first publication. Covers 1883 - 1996.
Available on CD-ROM at the Prairie Research Institute Library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.  Also see:


Literature Databases for Natural Sciences Research

Key databases for finding natural sciences literature.


Peterson Field Guides Bibliography

Titles and call numbers of Peterson Field Guides found throughout the University Libraries collections.


Sanderson Wildlife Reprint Collection

More than 8,500 documents on wildlife ecology and management including both grey and published literature from the early 1970s through 1999.  Subject and author indexes index additional related documents dating back as far as 1931.  Available for in-house use in the Prairie Research Institute library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.


Synthesis of the North American Flora 1.0

Synthesis of the North American Flora is a program to access information on the "taxonomy, nomenclature, phytogeography, and biological attributes of the North American vascular flora."  Available on CD-ROM at the Prairie Research Institute Library, formally known as the Illinois Natural History Survey Library.  For more information see the home page of the Biota of North America Program.