Materials & Methods
The information contained within Ceta-Base comes from a variety of public sources including the National Inventory of Marine Mammals (formerly MMIR), studbooks, professional journals, peer-reviewed papers, official news releases, social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc) and public forums. In some cases information is obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
Whenever possible a list of citations will be posted on each park’s inventory page with links or copies of the original sources (if available). Materials cited and posted on this website are done so for the education and enrichment of the general public.
Translation of Foreign Media
Materials from foreign sources are translated by a non-native speaker through the use of online translating programs like Google Translate, Bing and Babylon. Mistranslations can and do happen when using this method, but every effort is made to post the “most” correct interpretation of this information.
Types of Sources
Sources for this database are defined by two categories, general and specific. General sources consist of tools, search engines and websites used in the mining of data for the Ceta-Base inventories. Specific sources are often the result of this data mining and are usually the direct link to the original source. Specific sources will be organized into a citations or references list posted at the bottom of specific inventory pages.
Archive.org (free) – The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Google Books (free) –
Google Books, Life Magazine Archive (free) – LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
Google Scholar (free) – Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.
Newspaper Archives (paid) –
Newspapers.com (paid) – 111+ million pages of historical newspapers from 3,600 newspapers. Primarily from the U.S., some global sources.
Open Library (free) – Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. To date, Open Library has gathered over 20 million records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions. Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open. It is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
Research Gate (free) – a site to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise.
Specific sources are listed under each inventory’s references section. Please see individual inventories for more info.