Identifying British insects and arachnids: an annotated bibliography of key works.

Identifying British insects and arachnids: an annotated bibliography of key works. Peter C. Barnard.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Octavo, laminated boards.

A reference work providing an annotated bibliography of key works on insect groups. It provides descriptions of all groups, the most useful and up-to-date references for each and notes on their coverage and relevance. Also contains a chapter on the best use of library and other information services.
Until now, individuals wishing to identify British insects have found it difficult to track down the specialist keys published in obscure literature, whereas the popular guides are often misleadingly simplistic, covering only a fraction of the species. This book bridges the gap, providing expert guidance through the taxonomic maze. It contains an introduction to each group of organisms, and over 2000 references selected as being the most useful and up-to-date for accurate identification, together with notes on their relevance and coverage. A further chapter covers the understanding and retrieval of scientific references, with advice on using libraries and other information services. This will be an essential reference book for anyone involved in insect and arachnid identification, from interested amateurs to professionals dealing with unfamiliar groups.

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