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Classification: Introduction


Taxonomy is the science of describing, naming, and classifying living and extinct organisms. The term taxonomy drives from the Greek taxis ("arrangement;" from the verb tassein, meaning “to classify”) and nomos (“law” or “science,” such as used in “economy”).

Taxonomy is basic to all biological disciplines since each requires the correct names and descriptions of the organisms studied. However, taxonomy is also dependent on the information provided by other disciplines, such as genetics, physiology, ecology, and anatomy.

Library books on classification

How animals & other organisms are classified

An Introduction to the Classification of Animals (1866)

Taxonomy's: Life's filing system

The details


When submitting an assignment, it's important to reference the sources you use. Using the right sources in your work provides you with the supporting evidence you need in your assignment. Referencing is the acknowledgment of the sources that you use in your work. You must reference all sources that you use in your assignment, including words and ideas, facts, images, videos, audio, websites, statistics, diagrams, and data.Microsoft Word has a "References" tab which allows you to add sources. There are also websites which will "autocite" resources. 

Zotero: Free software to collect, organise, cite, and share your research sources. Click here for 'how to' guides on installing and using Zotero, or here for the video version.

The following online citation generators are free to use:

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