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Online access to the world’s most trusted reference collection (Oxford Reference Online) Tuesday, 9 May 2006 5:40 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, chemistry, databases, e-books, Library Resources, science.
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The library has purchased a collection of 14 online encyclopedias, the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (http://www.oup.com/online/digitalreference/).  This online collection of reference books is added to the existing Oxford Reference Online from Oxford University Press.

The Oxford Reference Online collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.

If you go to the library's Web site (http://www.cofc.edu/~library), click on Database, then click on the letter "O", you'll see a link to the collection. (Remote access is same as other databases, you'll use your webmail username and password to bypass the proxy server).

It's really a remarkable collection. Just to list a few, it contains bilingual dictionaries (e.g. The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (English-Latin), The Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary (English-Spanish)); World Flags, World Maps; Timeslines (e.g. For the Science Technology, and Medicine theme, there are Timelines for Inventions, Medicine, Scientists, there are also specific timelines for countries, there's also the timeline for 20th century); encyclopedias (e.g.A-Z of Countries of the World).

There are also many subject specific references: for science alone, there are 26 reference works. You can search these 26 books altogether, or search within more specific subjects (Biological Sciences, Computing, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences & Mathematics). You can browse these subject areas too. Or you can choose to search within one specific reference work.
One nice feature of this database is that you can highlight any term in your search results page, click on cross-reference, and it will automatically search that term for you, and the results are broken down by subjects as well.  There are also different search strategies that you can use on the "advanced search" interface, such as "Standard search", "Pattern search" besides the usual "Boolean search".  Courious about what reference works are included in a specific subject area? click here to find out.

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