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Navigating Research: OUP’s whitepaper explores how users view and use reference sources

As stated in the summary of OUP’s newly released whitepaper titled Navigating Research, “this study explores users’ and librarians’ perspectives on the role of reference resources in research and teaching in today’s academic institutions. It examines how users seek contextual information and guidance for areas of scholarship as they conduct research, and how reference resources can support their work.”

Key findings include, among others:

  • recognition of ‘reference’ as a specific category is declining and users are not likely to identify ‘reference resources as those belonging to a distinct category
  • research needs of today’s researchers are moving away from basic factual information and terminology (for which free online sources are used)
  • resources offering guidance to a field of study retain appeal as a ‘bridge between introductory materials and specialized research publications”
  • resources offering guidance to a field of study are also used to support work in interdisciplinary fields
  • use of reference sources relies on their visibility and discoverability; this is likely to remain a challenge for publishers, librarians, and researchers

The whitepaper comprises three strands:

  • a review of existing literature
  • qualitative interviews with 16 librarians and 18 users (faculty and students)
  • a survey of 164 librarians

The full whitepaper may be downloaded here.

University Press Scholarship Online continues to grow, Princeton and University of Illinois now on board as partner presses

Oxford University Press (OUP) has just announced the addition of two new partner presses to its growing University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform: University of Illinois Press and Princeton University Press. 

The University of Illinois Press will go live on UPSO in April 2017. Illinois Scholarship Online site will launch with 350 titles across a range of subject areas including sociology, music, history, society and culture, film television & radio, and literature.

Princeton University Press will be joining UPSO in October 2017.  The Princeton Scholarship Online site will go live with over 400 titles across the humanities and sciences with strengths in Biology, Classics, Economics, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, and Sociology.

Comprising over 23,000 titles in 31 subject areas, UPSO is available to university libraries around the world. Participating presses include, among many others, OUP, British Academy, Chicago University, Cornell, Fordham, MIT, NYU, Stanford, and Yale.

Oxford Scholarship Online announces title by title purchasing and more release dates

Glad to see this news from Oxford University Press about a new title by title purchasing model for OSO.  New titles will also be released more frequently, another great bonus.   Here’s the official press release:

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce two significant enhancements to Oxford Scholarship Online. Effective immediately, all books can now be purchased individually, on a title by title basis, by institutions worldwide. Secondly, vastly improving the speed to market of the digital version, we are now releasing new titles on the platform 10 months a year, up from 3 times a year. Continue reading Oxford Scholarship Online announces title by title purchasing and more release dates

University Press of Mississippi joins UPSO, select chapters free for one month

Passing on more news of free content from Oxford University Press.  This time it is to celebrate the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online.  See below for more details.

We are thrilled to announce that Mississippi Scholarship Online has launched on University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)! The University Press of Mississippi is the sixteenth press to join UPSO and brings content in the areas of comic studies, popular culture, film, television, black culture and history, southern history, southern literature, African American literature, American music, and Caribbean studies.
In celebration of the launch of Mississippi Scholarship Online, we’ve made a selection of chapters from some of the press’ key titles free and available for one month. Continue reading University Press of Mississippi joins UPSO, select chapters free for one month

Oxford University Press offers free content for National Library Week

New York, NY, April 7, 2014–In celebration of National Library Week in the US (April 13 -19, 2014), a week taken to highlight the value of libraries and librarians, Oxford University Press (OUP) will be making all OUP online products, excluding journals, freely available in the US. This free access will begin on April 13 and end on April 19 at this url:

http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/?cc=us&lang=en&.

Access will be disseminated via a single username and password.

“We are so excited to free up all of our online content and give it back to the library community, which has given us so much over the years,” notes Stephen Selgrade of OUP’s Online Marketing team.  “This is truly an unprecedented amount of free content, from over 30 online databases, covering everything from law to medicine, science to humanities, and math to art and music. Whether you are an academic scholar, high school student, librarian, lawyer, doctor, or an individual searching to learn something new, you’ll be able to find high quality scholarship that fits your needs.”

Resource Centers for librarians, students and professors:

If you need additional resources, tools, and ideas to help you make the most of Oxford’s online resources, please visit the following Resource Centers:

OED Editors crowdsourcing WWI word origins, appeal for help

To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, the OED is revising a set of vocabulary related to, or coined during, the war. Part of the revision process involves searching for earlier or additional evidence, and for this we need the help of the US public.  OUP is gathering all contributions on the OED appeals website.

From OUP, “Our first quotations are often from newspapers and magazines, and we know that there may well be earlier evidence in less-easily-accessible sources such as personal letters, soldiers’ diaries, and government records, many of which are now being made available in digital form for the first time. We are hopeful the public can help find earlier evidence for the use of some wartime words?”

Follow along on social media with @OED and the hashtag #OEDAppeals. For more information please see the  FAQs regarding OED Appeals here.

Oxford University Press Scholarship Online adds University of North Carolina Press

NEW YORK, February 5, 2014—Oxford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with the University of North Carolina Press to launch North Carolina Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality.

“The University of North Carolina Press is honored and excited to be a part of the University Press Scholarship Online platform,” said John Sherer, Director of The University of North Carolina Press.  “Part of our 10-decade long tradition has been to disseminate the work of our authors as broadly as possible and this new partnership will achieve that in a dynamic new way.” Continue reading Oxford University Press Scholarship Online adds University of North Carolina Press

Oxford African American Studies Center offers free access to honor Black History Month

Oxford to make The Oxford African American Studies Center Free through February 2014

February 1st – 28th, 2014

 

username: blackhistorymonth

password: onlineaccess

 

In honor of Black History month, Oxford University Press will provide free access to its African American Studies Center, for the month of February.  The Oxford African American Studies Center is a rich collection of biographies compromised of influential figures as well as a host of didactic materials including photo essays, featured articles, timelines, and various primary sources. Users will be encouraged to seek out primary documents, historical route maps, and a vast collection of images and multimedia spanning the presence of African-Americans in the United States. Continue reading Oxford African American Studies Center offers free access to honor Black History Month

Oxford University Press provides access to Social Explorer for the next two weeks

In light of the government shutdown, another vendor has opened up a licensed database for access these next two weeks.  This time it is Oxford University Press with the Social Explorer site.  Social Explorer provides US Census demographic data.  Yesterday, EBSCO announced similar plans for the ERIC database.  Here is more information from the OUP site:

The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials, including the US Census website.

To that end, Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer<http://www.socialexplorer.com/> – the premier US Census demographics website – for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.

For access to Social Explorer, simply email onlinereference@oup.com<mailto:onlinereference@oup.com> to request a username and password.

UPSO partners with Stanford and Liverpool university presses

Oxford’s UPSO continues to grow with the addition of two new university presses to its partner list – Stanford and Liverpool.  Read the full press release below:

“I am delighted that Stanford University Press is partnering with Oxford University Press to host our titles on the UPSO platform. We have spent much of the past two years considering options for collection-based sales platforms and it became clear that the team at OUP were offering us the perfect fit,” said Alan Harvey, Director, Stanford University Press.  “ I’ve been impressed by the simplicity and strength of the platform, as well as the flexibility it offers us as the use of ebook collections grows, and am certain that this will help to make our list available to the broadest possible audience.” Continue reading UPSO partners with Stanford and Liverpool university presses

EBSCO’s EDS to index OUP’s UPSO and DNB resources

Discovery tools are continuing to grow by adding unique resources from publishers.  EBSCO is announcing an extended partnership with Oxford University Press to add University Press Scholarship Online and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to the EDS.

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 5, 2013 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Oxford University Press (OUP) have extended their partnership enabling two additional authoritative resources from OUP, University Press Scholarship Online and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to be searchable within EBSCO Discovery Serviceâ„¢ (EDS). Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press offering content in more than 40 languages for audiences from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions. Continue reading EBSCO’s EDS to index OUP’s UPSO and DNB resources

Yale University Press to partner with Oxford’s UPSO

Oxford has another publishing partner for University Press Scholarship Online. Yale University Press will launch Yale Scholarship Online.  More from the OUP Press Release:

NEW YORK, February 26, 2013—Yale University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch Yale Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality.

“Yale is very pleased to partner with Oxford, joining their breadth and depth of titles within an innovative digital resource,” said John Donatich, director of Yale University Press.  “We look forward to serving our community of libraries, scholars and readers together.”

Continue reading Yale University Press to partner with Oxford’s UPSO

MIT Press to partner with OUP in University Press Scholarship Online

University Press eBook collections have soared these last few years.   Last January I wrote my eBook Buzz column in ONLINE about the rise of University Presses – University Presses and Ebooks:  A New Horizon.  I’m happy to see they are growing.  In the press release below, Oxford announces a new partnership with MIT Press.

NEW YORK, January 15, 2013–The MIT Press announced it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch MIT Press Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting edge search and discovery functionality.

“I am pleased that the MIT Press is partnering with Oxford Scholarship Online to host our titles on the UPSO platform.  As early adopters of the Mark Logic server and an XML-first workflow, we appreciate that UPSO uses these same tools to optimize discoverability,” said Ellen Faran, director of The MIT Press.  “We are convinced that features such as chapter-level tagging and chapter abstracts will encourage the use of our monographic content.” Continue reading MIT Press to partner with OUP in University Press Scholarship Online

The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford University Press announced yesterday the re-launch of Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO), now featuring coverage that has grown to 14 disciplines (translating to about 300 handbooks and 10,000 articles in total)—a significant expansion of the original platform first launched in the not-so-distant 2009 with just four subject modules, which included Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. The new platform—designed (and referred to by OUP) as a publishing “program”— enables articles to publish immediately after passing peer review, which, according to OUP’s press release, will deliver new scholarship to those who need it faster and more efficiently.

Continue reading The new Oxford Handbooks Online: Research platform and publishing program

Oxford’s UPSO partners with Stanford University Press

From an OUP press release, October 8, 2012

STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS IS NEWEST PARTNER TO MAKE SCHOLARLY MONOGRAPH CONTENT AVAILABLE VIA THE UPSO PLATFORM FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Stanford, October 8, 2012—Stanford University Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press (OUP) to launch Stanford Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality*.

Continue reading Oxford’s UPSO partners with Stanford University Press

Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

I really like this initiative from Oxford. It sounds so easy-peasy.

3rd October 2012–Today the Oxford English Dictionary announces the launch of OED Appeals, a major online initiative set to involve the public in tracing the history of English words. Using a dedicated community space on the OED website, editors are soliciting help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English, including the earliest examples of particular words. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to OED editors online, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

Appeals will be posted to the website on a frequent basis. Some of the entries the OED team is initially asking the public’s help with include: Continue reading Oxford English Dictionary releases “OED Appeals” to crowdsource the origin of words

University of Chicago Press to partner with Oxford University Press on the UPSO platform

Chicago, August 8, 2012—University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press (OUP) to launch Chicago Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting-edge search and discovery functionality*.

“The University of Chicago Press is excited to be working with OUP to bring our titles to scholars and researchers through the UPSO platform,” said Garrett Kiely, Director, University of Chicago Press.  “We have been impressed with the professionalism and cooperative approach of the team at OUP. As the UPSO platform continues to evolve to satisfy the needs of the global academic community, we are confident that this partnership will support our core mission to make the work of our authors as widely available as possible.” Continue reading University of Chicago Press to partner with Oxford University Press on the UPSO platform

Reference Universe adds Grove Art and Music titles

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Reference Universe, it’s a great little product that indexes the content of reference works.  They have thousands of entries and add new content regularly.  They announced this week new content from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online.  Below is the text from their blog post.

Paratext is pleased to announce that detailed metadata from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online from Oxford University Press are now integrated into Reference Universe.

Many current Reference Universe libraries tell us that these titles are among the most heavily used within their library. Their inclusion within Reference Universe ensures increased accessibility to some of the most authoritative articles on art and music available. Continue reading Reference Universe adds Grove Art and Music titles

UC Press to partner with OUP for California Scholarship Online

Hot off the presses today:  The University of California Press is pleased to announce it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch California Scholarship Online/CALSO on the University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, taking advantage of a fully enabled XML ebook hosting environment with cutting edge search and discovery functionality.  California Scholarship Online will launch in March 2012 with 450+ titles across four major subject areas–History, Classics, Biology, and Sociology.

“We know it is critical for libraries to broaden patron access to online scholarly books.  Bringing our digital monographs to the scholarly community–with tools to facilitate ease of use and discovery—is a major way in which University of California Press can meet that need.  We are delighted to partner with Oxford in the UPSO initiative, building on their extensive experience in the scholarly digital environment,” said Alison Mudditt, Director of University of California Press. Continue reading UC Press to partner with OUP for California Scholarship Online

University Press Scholarship Online launches

Earlier this year several announcements were made about University Press eBook consortial groups.  OUP launched one of those efforts and is now announcing the new platform.  It’s based on OUP’s Oxford Scholarship Online product.  Here’s more from the press release:

Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce the creation of a groundbreaking online platform for university press monograph content. Having redeveloped the award-winning Oxford Scholarship Online, OUP is launching University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and inviting the University Press community to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with the cutting edge search and discovery functionality that has marked the on-going success of Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO).   Continue reading University Press Scholarship Online launches