Oxford Reference releases new web interface

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Oxford Reference Online has released a new site design that aids discoverability and usability and also features a wealth of new, freely available materials.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference Online Premium is a huge and comprehensive resource that contains over 180 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works covering the complete subject spectrum: from the Humanities and Social Sciences to Science and Medicine.

The new Oxford Reference allows users to:

  • Cross-search concise definitions and read in-depth articles on topics from Art to Zoology.
  • Add context to  research with over 300,000 free overview pages, 275 timelines, and free online-only quotations titles.
  • Save searches, favorite books, and entries saving valuable time.
  • Share content with options to create bookmarks in social networking sites, email, and citation export.
  • Get facts and quotations delivered straight to the desktop with the ‘Did you Know?’ RSS feed.

The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers.

A major aim of the new service is to widen use and open up new paths to further reading. Oxford Reference now offers a wealth of easily discoverable, freely available content including over 300,000 new free Overview pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic plus onward links to deeper content and related topics;  270 free Timelines containing links to over 9,000 free reference entries; a new, free, online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.

Explore the new Oxford Reference Online  for your in-depth research needs.

 

Trial access to Blackwell Reference Online through October 20

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Wiley-Blackwell publishing is providing trial access to the entire Blackwell Reference Online collection of 470 works covering the Social Sciences and Humanities. Access to these resources are available both on and off campus through October 20, 2012.

Blackwell Reference Online is a vast online library giving instant access to the authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the social sciences. With  dozens of works added each year, it is the largest social science and humanities reference collection available online.

The following subjects are covered:

  • Business and Management
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Sociology, Psychology,and Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Film, Media & Communication Studies
  • Geography

Features of the collection include the following:

  • the critically-acclaimed Blackwell Companions and Handbooks
  • valuable reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and concise companions.
  • Integrated seamless links to standalone major reference works on the Blackwell Reference Online platform, including:
  • The International Encyclopedia of Communication
  • The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature
  • The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
  • The International Studies Encyclopedia Online
  • The Blackwell Companion to Phonology
Explore here for a Blackwell Reference Guided Tour.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Credo Reference: Publisher Collections trial

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Credo Reference is providing full-text trial access to their new Publisher Collections to UMass Lowell through April, 2011.

Publisher Collections are offered as supplemental individual purchases from Credo Reference. They consist of collections from the following publishers:

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

CRCnetBASE Trial access to complete eBook database

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Taylor & Francis Publishers has made the entire CRCnetBASE eLibrary collection available to UMass Lowell on a trial basis through April 22, 2011.

CRCnetBASE is made up of over 6000 online books that span over 40 disciplines. The collections include full text handbooks, references, and monographs published by CRC Press as well as Auerbach and Chapman & Hall.

CRCnetBASE offers subject collections in multiple scientific and engineering disciplines as well as nutrition and healthcare, mathematics and statistics, economics and public administration.

UMass Lowell has long subscribed to CHEMnetBASE and ENGnetBASE, but now for a limited time the entire CRCnetBASE eLibary collection is available for full-text access:

SCI-TECHnetBASE: CRC’s most complete repository of scientific and technical information, it includes their entire line of science and technical books. It contains more than 5,500 online volumes and growing.

BUSINESSnetBASE: A complete library of accounting principles, ethics, and organization, this collection offers the very best business references from Routledge & Auerbach in one convenient location. Access the latest information, including e-business technology and globalization.

ECONOMICSnetBASE: This versatile library, featuring works from Routledge, includes current studies, risk assessments, and simulation models. It examines hot topics such as affirmative action, trade liberalization, feminism, and ecological risk, providing historical and biographical information, as well as statistics and analysis.

MILITARYnetBASE: Exploring war history, weaponry, superpower politics, and the cold war, this e-library offers authoritative data on terrorism and national security procedures. Featuring diverse works from both Routledge and Auerbach, it provides historical commentary and discusses current security concerns and threats.

PublicADMINISTRATIONnetBASE: This collection includes entire catalog of CRC public policy handbooks and their expanding portfolio of strategic texts. This collection includes all eleven volumes of Principles and Practice of Public Administration.

ProjectMANAGEMENTnetBASE: This e-library contains the work of seasoned experts who discuss preferred software packages and models. The collections offer step-by-step advice on how to maximize talent, processes, and resources to produce a positive bottom line and guarantee projects are delivered on time with a strong return on investment.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

ALA Guide to Reference: 2 Month Trial

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The ALA (American Library Association) has provided UMass Lowell with a two-month trial to its Guide to Reference. The trial will run from March 2 until May 2, 2o11.

The Guide to Reference offers more than 16,000 essential print and Web reference resources across key academic disciplines, including General Reference, History, Science, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Guidance is provided in the form of expert introductory essays and annotations for entries.  It also offers tips for reference department activities such as collection development and reference-desk training.

This is the first edition of the Guide to be issued in electronic form. It takes full advantage of the Web’s capacities to connect information sources and create and link to content. The new edition supports curricula for undergraduate and graduate students, the research efforts of faculty and academic staff and the advanced information needs of the public. Expert contributors from more than 50 universities have identified the best available reference sources from leading collections in their subject specialty, such as Engineering by Carnegie Mellon.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

25 new Gale Virtual Reference titles added

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25 new Gale Virtual Reference titles have been added to the MBLC statewide database license. This brings the total Gale eReference titles available to 75. Highlights include the entire 21 volume set of the History in Dispute series, four encyclopedias of medicine, two encyclopedias of law and much more. 

The complete collection is listed below with new titles highlighted in bold.

• Arts
o Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians , 6v, 2001
o Contemporary Fashion , 2nd ed.,  2002
o International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers , 4th ed.,  4v,  2001
o VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever , 2007 ed.,  2006

• Biography
o American Men & Women of Science , 22nd ed.,  8v,  2005
o Business Leader Profiles for Students , 2v,  1999

• Business
o Encyclopedia of Business and Finance , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o Encyclopedia of Small Business , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2002

• Environment
o Beacham’s Guide to the Endangered Species of North America , 6v,  2001
o Pollution A to Z , 2v,  2004
o UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features , 3v,  2004

• General Reference
o Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary , 37th ed.,  4v,  2006

• History
o American Decades , 10v,  2001
o American Decades Primary Sources , 10v,  2004
o American Eras , 8v,  1997
o Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students , 4v,  1998
o Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , 2v,  2005
o Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security , 3v,  2004
o Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2004
o Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages , 5v,  2004
o Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History , 2v,  1999
o Harlem Renaissance , 2001
o History in Dispute , Vol. 1 : The Cold War: First Series,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 2 : American Social and Political Movements, 1945-2000: Pursuit of Liberty,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 3 : American Social and Political Movements, 1900-1945: Pursuit of Progress,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 4 : World War II, 1939-1943,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 5 : World War II, 1943-1945,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 6 : The Cold War: Second Series,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 7 : Water and the Environment Since 1945: Global Perspectives,  2001
o History in Dispute , Vol. 8 : World War I: First Series,  2002
o History in Dispute , Vol. 9 : World War I: Second Series,  2002
o History in Dispute , Vol. 10 : The Crusades, 1095-1291,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 11 : The Holocaust, 1933-1945,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 12 : The American Revolution, 1763-1789,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 13 : Slavery in the Western Hemisphere, circa 1500-1888,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 14 : The Middle East Since 1945: First Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 15 : The Middle East Since 1945: Second Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 16 : Twentieth-Century European Social and Political Movements: First Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 17 : Twentieth-Century European Social and Political Movements: Second Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 18 : The Spanish Civil War,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 19 : The Red Scare After 1945,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 20 : Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 21 : Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1930,  2005
o Learning About the Holocaust: A Student’s Guide , 4v,  2001

o Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students , 4v,  2004
o St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture , 5v,  2000
o U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library , 6v,  2004

• Law
o Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o West’s Encyclopedia of American Law , 2nd ed.,  13v,  2004

• Literature
o Contemporary Novelists , 7th ed.,  2001
o Contemporary Poets , 7th ed.,  2001
o Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion , 3v,  2006
o Literature and Its Times Supplement 1: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them , 2v,  2003
o Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them , 5v,  1997

• Medicine
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2005
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine , 3rd ed.,  5v,  2006

• Multicultural Studies
o Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America , 2nd ed.,  3v,  2000

Nation and World
o Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the United States , 2003
o Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the World , 2002

• Religion
o Encyclopedia of Religion , 2nd ed.,  15v,  2005

• Science
o American Men & Women of Science , 22nd ed.,  8v,  2005
o Biology , 4v,  2002
o Real-Life Math , 2v,  2006
o World of Earth Science , 2v,  2003

• Social Science
o Encyclopedia of Population , 2v,  2003
o Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources , 2006
o Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources , 2006

Sage Reference Online Handbook free access

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Sage is offering free access to its new Online Reference Handbook collection through the month of October.

For a direct link to this trial, please view the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page, or go to the library’s existing Sage eReference database collection and click on the Reference Handbook link.

The Handbook Collection contains 80 authoritative, award–winning, international, and interdisciplinary handbooks across the social sciences. This Collection is hosted on SAGE Reference Online and increases the content on the platform to more than 160 titles while offering enhanced functionality.

View a PDF title list of the collections 80 ebooks.