Oxford Islamic Studies added as new online resource

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As part of an award from NEH and ALA for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, UMass Lowell Libraries has been provided a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database.

Thanks to Sara Marks, Reference Librarian and Principle Investigator for this award,  UMass Lowell is one of over 800  libraries in the U.S. that is receiving access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online  along with a  collection of 25 books, 4 DVDs, and other programming resources selected to help inform people in the U.S. about Islamic history and culture.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated.

The current core content titles include the following:

  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture (March 2009), a three-volume reference work offering the most comprehensive coverage of Islamic art throughout the world, beginning with the inception of Islam and continuing to the present day
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009), a new six-volume work covering the full geographical and historical extent of Islam
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, available in full on the site with access to archived articles that have been updated in the new Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
  • The Islamic World: Past and Present, an accessible A–Z reference covering key people, events and concepts in Islamic history
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, in addition to being an integral part of the cross-searchable site content, all 2,500 entries in this authoritative quick reference are free to the public. Anyone can access or cite Dictionary content by using the on-site browse or major Web search engines
  • The Oxford History of Islam, a chaptered work containing authoritative essays by leading Muslim and non-Muslim scholars on the origins of the faith, arts, sciences, and history to the present-day situation of Islam
  • What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, a question-and-answer guide by John L. Esposito, in which he responds to the most commonly asked questions about Muslim culture and Islam with thoughtful, unbiased replies
  • Teaching Islam, edited by Brannon M. Wheeler for the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching Religious Studies series, this work brings together leading scholars to offer perspectives on how to teach Islam
  • Makers of Contemporary Islam, a chaptered work by OISO editor in chief John L. Esposito and senior editor John O. Voll that explores the lives and thought of some of contemporary Islam’s most important thinkers
  • Two Oxford World’s Classics versions of the Qur’an: M.A.S. Abdel Haleem’s The Qur’an, a prose translation, and The Koran Interpreted, a renowned verse translation by A.J. Arberry
  • Hanna Kassis’ Concordance of the Qur’an

The site also includes a growing Learning Resources area with a specially commissioned A–Z glossary, quick access to the key themes and questions from What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam; specialist-approved links to internet resources; a guide to Teaching Islam; thematic guides to issues in the Islamic World; and The Geography of the Islamic World—a topically organized collection of links to selected chapters and full-color maps from the latest edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World’s Religions—provides access to a global view of Islam from earliest times to the present.

Links to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database is available from the alphabet index list on the Library’s home page or from the History or Political Science Subject Database pages.

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 University Press Scholarship Online from Oxford Press

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Oxford University Press is providing free trial access to its University Press Scholarship online database of over 8,000 reference books that cover 21 academic subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, Law, and more. The trial is available from April 1 until April 26, 2012.

University Press Scholarship Online, launched in September 2011, brings together the best scholarly publishing from around the world. Aggregating monograph content from leading university presses, UPSO makes disparately published scholarship easily accessible, highly discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via a single online platform. Research that previously would have required a user to jump between a variety of books and disconnected websites can now be concentrated through the UPSO search engine.

The following subjects are included:

Archaeology Music
Biology Neuroscience
Business and Management Palliative Care
Classical Studies Philosophy
Economics and Finance Physics
Film, Television and Radio Political Science
History Psychology
Law Public Health and Epidemiology
Linguistics Religion
Literature Social Work
Mathematics Society and Culture

UPSO enables users to:

  • Search by author, title, full text, abstract, keyword, subject, publication date, and more
  • Link to references from bibliographies and footnotes, including OpenURL and
  • DOI-linking support
  • Link directly to individual books and chapters
  • Download chapters to PDF
  • Export to printer-friendly format
  • Automatically export citations to RefWorksTM, as well as EndnoteTM, Reference ManagerTM, ZoteroTM, and ProCiteTM
  • Access COUNTER-compliant statistics, following the Code of Practice for Books and Reference Works

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.

Oxford English Dictionary releases new website design

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The new design of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is now available. Besides a new look and feel, the site offers many new features:

  • Search results move from simple lists to visualizations/timelines
  • They can also be filtered according to a number of categories (e.g. all English words derived from Italian from the field of Music which are first recorded in English in the 18th century)
  • New pages on the OED‘s most-cited authors and texts
  • Links to other online resources—such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • A new series of descriptive articles on language, past and present, called ‘Aspects of English’
  • Perhaps the most important new feature involves the Historical Thesaurus to the OED, published in book form in 2009. The entire text is now integrated with the OED Online.

Currently on the new site, among other monthly features, the following articles are highlighted:

Other special features include Word of the Day, Shapers of English, and English in Time.

Until the end of March 2011 access to the older OED site at dictionary.oed.com will remain available to enable users to update bookmarks and other links. Any bookmarks to dictionary.oed.com should be updated to www.oed.com.

The OED is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensives dictionary of English in the world, and the definitive record of English language development over the last 1,500 years. It traces words from their beginnings (which may be in Old or Middle English) to the present, showing the ways in which words have been used over time and illustrating the changes with quotations which add to the historical and linguistic record.

The first edition of the dictionary was published in parts between 1884 and 1928, with the title A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles. A ten-volume edition appeared in 1928. The title was changed to The Oxford English Dictionary in 1933 when it was reissued in twelve volumes plus one supplement. Four more supplements were published between 1972 and 1986. All this material was amalgamated to produce the twenty-volume second edition in 1989. Since March 2000 the dictionary has been an online publication with quarterly updates conducted annually.

Oxford Art Online completes Grove Art Fall Update

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Oxford Art Online has completed their Fall update for Grove Art Online, the mast significant of the four components of Oxford Art Online, along with the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

The Science and Contemporary Art Update

The Fall update includes a variety of new and revised essays and biographies that examine the propensity of artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to incorporate aspects of science in their work. Essays include Science and Contemporary Art and Science and Art. Twelve biographies have also been added or revised.

Samples of topics covered within these two essays include:

  • Artists as amateur scientists.
  • Artists adopt scientific tools and materials.
  • Critiquing the ideology of science.
  • The visual culture of science.
  • The nature of nature.
  • Marveling at the universe.
  • Ways in which scientific knowledge has affected art.
  • The study of science and art as related activities.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art

The new update also unveils the first access to new articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, edited by Colum P. Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.

Highlights from this group of new essays inlude:

  • Alchemy
  • Arthurian legends in medieval art
  • Astrology, medieval
  • Female monasticism
  • International Center of Medieval Art
  • Legends in medieval art
  • Sarajevo Haggadah
  • Spolia in medieval art and architecture

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

Since early 2010, Grove Art has added several groups of articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman’s Art Journal. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of ArtThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art.

Updated Bibliographies: Italian Renaissance

The Fall update also adds newly revised bibliographies for more than 550 entries pertaining to the Italian Renaissance.

Grove Updating Program

In order to uphold the relevance and scholarly integrity of Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press is embarking on a major new program to update existing articles.  They have completed eleven updates since 2005, with all but two occurring within the past three years.

About Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online along with three other major Oxford art reference resources in one location. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality gives users access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as access to more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Thematic timelines and learning resources also provide users with powerful tools for navigating the content, and context-sensitive help pages are available throughout the site to guide users through the features and functionality.

Oxford Scholarship Online free trial

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Oxford Scholarship Online is accessible now as a free trial until November 7, 2009. Please view the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page for a trial link.

Oxford Scholarship Online combines Oxford University Press’s core scholarly books in 18 subject areas: Business and Management, Biology, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work.

The latest update brings the total number of scholarly monographs available in this cross-indexed, fully searchable database to 3,036.

And on top that, Oxford Scholarship Online offers a new re-designed look with added functionality and content: sophisticated search capabilities, keywords and abstracts on the book and chapter level, plus extensive reference linking from bibliographies and footnotes.

You can view an introductory tutorial, read the FAQ, or download an Excel title list.

Oxford Handbooks database trial

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The new online version of the Oxford Handbooks is accessible now as a free trial until November 7, 2009. Please view the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page for a trial link.

 Oxford Press has just recently offered their prestigious Oxford Handbooks series available online as a collection in four subject modules – Business & Management; Philosophy; Political Science; and Religion.

Each handbook takes an aspect of its discipline and unpacks it, explaining the key issues, the classic and contemporary debates on those issues, and setting the agenda for how those debates might evolve. Introductory and yet sophisticated, the handbooks offer authoritative and trustworthy guides to the scholarship that defines the field.

Highlights include controlled vocabularies for quicker searching, cross-searching with other Oxford online products, hyperlinking from bibliographies and footnotes to online content, printer-friendly format for printing complete essays, and citation export to RefWorks along with other citation tools.

You can view an introductory tutorial, read the FAQ, or download a full Excel title list.