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Marston library
Marston Science Library

The University of Florida libraries form the largest information resources system in Florida. The library currently holds more than 3,000,000 cataloged volumes, nearly 5,000,000 units on microfilm, approximately 28,000 current serials, and 20,000 machine-readable databases. Collections are housed in nine libraries (Two of these are the Marston Science Library and Library West shown on the left.). Many of the services and collections are online. To access the system electronically, go to the UF Libraries' website.

Marston library
Marston Science Library

The UF Library also has graduate dissertations and theses online.  They can be accessed through the electronic dissertations and theses page.  They can be searched by department.  If it has been submitted electronically, you can read the abstract and the full text in pdf format.  New ones may not be available until a specified time has elapsed. If available, dissertations and theses from FAS graduates also may be downloaded in pdf format from our alumni page.

The Marston Science Library houses the agriculture, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, and earth sciences collections, as well as the Map and Imagery Library. Online databases of particular interest to fisheries and aquaculture researchers include Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Biological Abstracts, CAB, Agricola, Science Citation Index, and indexes to the full run of journals from the American Fisheries Society and the Canadian Fisheries Board. Information on accessing these databases is available through the Indexes and Abstracts page off the UF libraries' home page. A library liaison is even available to help FAS students, faculty and staff with research needs. 

The central Marston Science Library includes a Map Library with an extensive collection of aerial photographs and remote sensing imagery, particularly for the southeastern United States, Latin America and Africa. 

Library West
Library West

In addition, the Aquatic Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS) is housed within the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, conveniently located within the same complex as the FAS Department. 

After years of collection, APIRS, now has over 47,000 references and more are added on a regular basis. The collection is comprised of scientific articles from peer reviewed journals, books, agency reports, theses, dissertations, and proceedings of research meetings. More than 10,000 articles are available regarding chemical, biological, and mechanical control methods, wetland plants, and now terrestrial invasive species. 

From this extensive library, computer-generated bibliographies can be produced for individuals. Hard copies of most references are on file and available for reference use and the center also maintains an extensive web site.

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