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Welcome to SORA, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive

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).

Early issues of the Bulletin of the Nuttall Ornithological Club

Our thanks to David Paschke for providing original issues of the Bulletin of the Nuttall Ornithological Club for us to scan and add to SORA! Check out the new issues here.

Check Out Digital Exhibit of SORA Illustrations by Anna DeKoning!

Anna DeKoning, a master's student in information science from UT Austin, worked with Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication staff at UNM in Spring semester 2018 to create a digital exhibit of illustrations from SORA publications as her capstone project. Please take a look and let us know what you think.

Bird's Eye View: Ornithological Illustrations from SORA Publications

SORA Site Redesign June 2018

The Searchable Ornithological Research Archive is getting a redesign! We're hoping to have this in place sometime in May, to give the site a new look that ties in with UNM's new logo and branding. Let us know what you think!

We're also glad to welcome many new publications to the site!

Single Species and Multi-Species Reports now available from Hawks Aloft

Cleveland Bird Calendar Volumes 100 through 104, available as of May 16, 2018

Bird Observer, Volumes 1 through 29 now available; more being added in Jun

Six historical issues of American Birds, donated by a patron, in process


New materials added in 2018 for:

Eastern Bird Banding Association

Florida Field Naturalist

North American Bird Bander

Ontario Birds

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