What is the Field Guide Tool?
The EOL field guide tool provides a way to organize species information from EOL for your individual projects or interests. The tool also allows you to edit the information in the guide or add your own. The tool is still in development. If you encounter any issues please contact us.
How do I get a username and password?
If you do not have a field guide account, go to http://fieldguides.eol.org/. You will find the registration link at the upper right hand of your screen. Please note that field guides are not yet linked to EOL accounts.
How do I create a field guide?
Follow these instructions to get you started. We will post more help documentation as we get more feedback from users and as we continue to develop the tool. In the meantime, if you get stuck, you can always contact us.
How do I save and log out in the middle of creating a field guide?
On the "Field Guide Set Up" and "Choose and Edit" screens, click Save and Continue.
The Save and Continue
button is at the bottom of the "Field Guide Set Up" page and is located under Step 3 on the "Choose and Edit" screen.
On the "Edit Species Content" screen, selected images save automatically. To save any edits to text in the "Topics" boxes make sure to click Save My Edits located in the bottom left corner of the topic box being edited.
I searched for a species name using a common name and it did not return a match on EOL. What should I do?
Make sure you have spelled the name correctly. If that does not work, enter the scientific name instead.
I searched for a species name using a scientific name and it did not return a match on EOL. What should I do?
Make sure you have spelled the name correctly. If that does not work please contact us.
If I’ve added information on a species, how do I reference the new source(s) I used?
If you add information to a field guide that is from a source other than yourself, please cite the resource at the bottom of the Topic Box that you edited. If possible include a link to the source.
How to Create a Field Guide:
1. Field Guide Set Up
2. Choose and Edit Your Species List
3. Edit Species Content
Field Guide Set Up
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In this section you will set up your guide, give it a name, description and location.
- Login: Go to: http://fieldguides.eol.org/, and login using your username and password and click on the green "Create a New Field Guide" button. If you do not have a login, click on "register" to create a username and password.
- Name your guide: Enter in a name for your field guide. For example “Animals in My Backyard” or “Birds of New England” or “ National Zoo Species”.
- Enter in your affiliation: school, club or other organization. This is an optional field.
- Your Name: Enter in your name as you would like it to appear on the field guide.
- Location: Using the map, zoom to your field guide location, then double click to place a pin on the map. Your latitude and longitude coordinates are automatically recorded. If you need to adjust the placement of your pin, you may double click in another location, or click and drag your pin to the desired point. Alternatively, you can add latitude and longitude coordinates into those fields at the bottom of the map. If your field guide is not location specific, skip this step. By default a world map will be included in your field guide. Note: You can always come back and adjust the location or zoom in or out. Add your state and country in the fields below the map.
- Description: In this section you can write a description of your guide, what you plan to use it for, credit co-authors, and provide any other information your readers might want.
- Display Options: Species names can be displayed as scientific names or common names on your field guide. Select your preference here.
Choose and Edit Species
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In the Choose/Edit Species section you will enter a list of species (or higher taxonomic ranks) to include in your guide. The list will be used to retrieve information from EOL based on matching the names on your list to pages on EOL.
- Enter in your list of species (scientific or common names): To assign a category, follow the taxon name with a comma and the category label (i.e. Painted Turtle, Wetland). By default, your field guide will be divided by taxonomic class- if your guide includes birds, mammals and plants, the species will be grouped by those categories.
- Find Matches: Once you have entered in your list, click "Find Matches". We recommend also saving this list in a Word Document or spreadsheet in case you have to re-enter or double-check the list.
- Modify Search Results: The field guide tool will return matches for names on your list that have matching names on EOL. The * column indicates if other matches are available. The field guide tool will automatically select the entry with the most information on EOL, but you can select other entries if they are more appropriate:
- Click on the yellow highlighted number to view the other matches for that species.
- Choose the species that best matches the name on your list.
- Select the species you would like to include in your guide click Save and Continue.
- Adding species to your guide:You can add new species at any time by repeating these steps.
Edit Species Content
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You can use this page to customize the text and images that are displayed in your guide.
*Please note the information in your guide is pulled from the related EOL species pages. Information on EOL is protected by a Creative Commons license, not a copyright, which means that you are free to adapt and distribute both images and text as long as you credit the original author. Edited information from your guide DOES NOT go back into EOL or alter the original content in EOL in anyway.
- Click on a species name to customize content
- Images: Select the images you would like to display
- You can always come back to see if new images have been added to EOL after your guide has been created. To do this, click on "Check for new images" link.
- Common Name: Click on the blue edit link to choose the best common name for your guide or to enter in your own common name.
- Available Topics: Topics with information on EOL will appear in this section. You can click on “view” to view these topics.
- Editing Topics:
- Click on edit, which is located underneath the left side of the topic box. This will open the topic box and you can start editing.
- In the topic box you will see the following fields:
- Text: Text from EOL that you can edit to suit your own needs
- Author: Author of the original text from EOL
- Source: Database or website from which EOL draws the information
- Source Link: A link to the original source of information
- License: The license chosen by the author of the original text. This will either be a Creative Commons License or Public Domain. The link will take you to a description of the license.
- Text Editing options: To begin editing, click anywhere within the topic box. Within the topic box you can: edit, annotate or delete the original text, insert links,edit formatting and font type and size.
- Adding images to a topic box: Within a topic box you can also insert images from a web link or upload an image from your computer. Click on the image to re-size it.
- Saving your edits: After you are done editing the text in a topic box you will have three choices:
- Save my edits
- Undo my edits
- Revert to original EOL content
.View your Field Guide:
- To view the field guide to the to top left of the "Edit Species Content" page and click the green "View this Guide" button.