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The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information to the UMass Medical School community about the Library's research and scholarly communication services.


The Taxonomy Database is a curated and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases. This currently represents about 10% of the described species on the planet.

Entrez Taxonomy Quick Start

Knowing Taxonomy will help you understand how all of the NCBI resources really work together. Scott Federhen at NCBI has written an overview to help you better understand how this database works, plus how it relates to everything within the greater system.