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JSTOR Global Plants: Using Global Plants

Global Plants Features

Global Plants includes several tools to help you conduct your research:


Basic Search: Basic search is available on every page. By default, Basic Search searches for plant names. You can also search people, places, and all text by changing the search selection to the left of the search box. 

Advanced Search: In order to see additional search options, click on “Advanced Search” link from the home page. From there, you will be able to search across variety of fields, including:

  • Biological Classification
  • Dates
  • Geography
  • Resource Types

Compilation Pages: Compilation pages are a great way to easily access materials related to a particular plant. A compilation page is a summary or index page which pulls together a variety of resources from the database related to the particular plant name or taxon. These materials can include specimens, reference sources, illustrations and paintings as well as field notebooks and correspondence. 

Viewing Content on Global Plants: Every object in Global Plants has a high-resolution image. You can access this high-resolution image from the object page. To view high resolution images for individual items, click on the image thumbnail for that item, or choose "Open Viewer." 

The viewer has powerful functionality including:

  • Zooming: Use the tools at the bottom of the viewer window to zoom in (+), out (-), and reset to original view.
  • Panning: Click on the image and drag to move. You can also drag the image in the preview window.
  • Rotate: Click the Rotate dropdown at the top of the page to open a rotated view of the image on screen
  • Measure: Click the Measure tool, then click and drag along the desired length on the displayed graphic.             

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