Information Update - Spring 2013
Oxford Reference Online Adds Reference Sources to Our Collection
- The reference works published by Oxford University Press have always been a staple of any serious library reference collection. Researchers know that Oxford University Press titles have always been considered a source for high-quality scholarly information. In fall 2012, the Weinberg Memorial Library added Oxford Reference Online to its growing toolkit of online reference resources. With more than 180 full-text core academic titles in the areas of language, literature, quotations, dictionaries and encyclopedias, Oxford offers scholars and students more than two million entries on a single cross-searchable platform. This is the same content contained in Oxford's printed editions with the advantage that content is updated on a monthly basis with three full-content releases per year.
- To facilitate discoverability, as well as accessibility both on and off campus, records for each of the Oxford Reference Online volumes to which the University has full-text online access have been placed in the library's online catalog. Students and faculty can locate Oxford online reference titles and link either through the catalog or by going to the library's A-Z list of databases and selecting the Oxford Reference Online link.
- By clicking on the highlighted links in the Search Results list, researchers are brought to the text within each reference volume where their search term is highlighted. The articles in each reference work help to place the search terms in appropriate context. Terms are also linked to Oxford's numerous dictionaries for quick definitions. Bibliographies at the end of the reference articles link to WorldCat. By selecting this function, you can determine if a particular book mentioned at the end of an article is available in the Weinberg Memorial Library or perhaps at another library near by.
- Oxford has provided an easy way to properly cite references by clicking on the Cite button (located above each article and denoted by a pencil icon), choosing the citation format (MLA, APA or Chicago styles) and where to export, i.e. RefWorks. Researchers can create accounts on the Oxford Reference site that allow them to save search strategies that can be run periodically to update information for ongoing research projects. Search results may also be printed, saved to a flash drive or personal hard drive, emailed or bookmarked and shared through numerous social media sites. Oxford provides a number of short online tutorials on how to effectively use these features through their "Take a Tour" link located at the top right hand site of every web page.
- Oxford will be continuing its development of its Reference Online platform, including new mobile-optimization of its site and inclusion of the Oxford Dictionaries Pro widget on every search result page. The library users have more great information resource content available to them at the touch of a keystroke.