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Welcome to SORA, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive


The University of New Mexico University Libraries (UNMUL) has hosted and supported the current Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA) site since it was created in 2002.  SORA continues to be a valuable resource for researchers with some unique content not found elsewhere. However, UNM is unable to continue support the site on its current platform and we need to move all of the SORA content to a new site where it can be supported into the future.

We are excited to share that the University of South Florida (USF) will become the new home for SORA!  For organizations who are currently publishing content, the ability to add to your existing materials will continue and USF is migrating existing SORA content into their hosted platform. The UNMUL is glad to partner with USF to find a new home for this important ornithological research resource.

The USF Libraries have a long history of journal hosting through their Digital Commons repository dating back to 2007. With their strong focus on environmental and natural history, including several Audubon and ornithological collections, SORA will be a natural fit for their institutional focus and expertise. The new access point for SORA will be

Once the content from this version of SORA has been migrated, this site will be shut down and redirected to the new version of SORA at USF.

Thank you to Dean Chavez and the USF Libraries team for your efforts to keep SORA freely available for researchers! 

SORA is the world's first and largest open access ornithological publications archive. This resource is the product of collaborations between the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico Libraries. SORA provides access to an extensive library of ornithological literature of international scope, and detailed material documenting the history of ornithology in North America over the last 120 years.


You do not need an account to browse and search through journal titles, or to download individual articles as PDF files.  Use the links on the left to browse specific journals, or fill in the search form on the right to find specific information.


UNM University Libraries

SORA was developed and is hosted by the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico.

SORA Partner Resources

SORA Contributor Guidelines

Information about format requirements for documents hosted in the SORA archive.

SORA Journal Usage Statistics

Article-level report on journal usage activity.

SORA Google Analytics Snapshot

SORA website analytics snapshot (in development).

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