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.

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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.

 

Scopus added as a new database subscription

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The Elsevier Sciverse database Scopus is now available through UMass Lowell Libraries as a new annual subscription. Access can be found in most of the library’s database subject web pages or on the home page alphabet index list.

SciVerse Scopus is touted as the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. With over 19,000 titles and over 46 million records from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

The full Content Coverage Guide (April 2011) can be downloaded here

What Scopus offers to the researcher:

  • Find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • Analyze citations for a particular journal issue, volume or year.
  • Use this information to complete grant or other applications quickly and easily.
  • Use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • Uncover important and relevant articles that you may otherwise miss.
  • Check out the work and citations of other authors.
  • Click on the cited by and reference links to track research trends and make connections. You can do this within or across disciplines you are interested in.

Tools available include the following:

  • Citation Tracker: a simple way to find, check and track citation data year by year for a specific author or topic.
  • Author Profile: In September 2011 an extensive algorithm enhancement project was completed that raises the precision level of Author Profile data.
  • Author Identifier: automatically matches variations of an author’s name and distinguishes between authors with the same name. All the documents belonging to a specific author are listed in the author’s details (including numbers of citations received, affiliations, h-index).
  • Affiliation Identifier: automatically identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer: provides a quick, easy and transparent view of journal performance, now enriched with two journal metrics – SJR and SNIP that offer a transparent and objective overview of the journal landscape going back to 1996.

If you would like instruction on the use of these tools, extensive training and demo tutorials and materials are available on the SciVerse Training Material web page.