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Getting Started

Your first step in doing research will be finding background information on your topic. If you are looking for information on endangered species, one of the most important things you will need is the scientific name of an organism. For example, the scientific name of the red wolf is Canis rufus. An organism may have many common names, but the scientific name is fairly standard in the research literature. You will need to use the scientific name rather than the common name, or perhaps both, to conduct further research.

The resources listed on this page should help you get started with your research.


Online resources

Endangered Species Program
This is the site of the United States Government's Endangered Species Program. It includes information on organisms listed as endangered or threatened, including links to federal documents.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
IUCN, the World Conservation Union, produces this list of species (mostly birds and mammals) from around the world that are in danger of extinction.

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity
This electronic book can be searched or browsed by subject or title. Articles on endangered species include useful lists of references.


Print/Library Resources

Beacham's guide to the endangered species of North America (Beacham, Castronova, & Sessine, Eds., 2000)
Beacham's guide to international endangered species (Beacham & Beetz, Eds., 1998)
These two publications present brief summaries of the conservation status of selected North American and international endangered species.

Endangered Species (edited by Helen Cothran, 2001)
Part of the Opposing Viewpoints series, this book is a compilation of short articles discussing diverse opinions about issues surrounding endangered species. It includes a list of organizations to contact and a useful bibliography.


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