Monday, November 01, 2010

TRIAL: Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have a trial of Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) until 30th November.

To access this trial go to Off-campus users should use Apps Anywhere, but if we did subscribe to OBO we would of course set up off-campus access via EZproxy as normal.

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is a tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information quickly by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. It is a springboard for new research that allows for fluid movement between texts and databases within a given institution’s collection and beyond. It is a starting point for organizing a research plan, or for preparing a writing assignment or syllabus. The style and approach is accessible to students, but the depth of coverage makes it of great use to faculty as well.

OBO is a library of disciplined-based subject modules. In each subject module, leading scholars have produced a literary guide to the most important and significant sources in an area of study they know best. The guides feature a selective list of bibliographic citations supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult. Each topic has a unique editorial commentary to show how the cited sources are interrelated. The citations promote discoverability as they link out to the sources via your library collection or through Google books and more.

OBO brings quality assurance and authority to online research. All articles receive multiple peer reviews and editorial board vetting to provide reliable and balanced coverage. Articles are regularly updated by their authors so that information in this resource is always current and accurate. In addition to updating existing articles, new topic guides are added on a regular schedule to expand the scope and extent of each subject module in the library.

Our trial includes all of the currently available modules:

Atlantic History
Biblical Studies
Islamic Studies
Renaissance and Reformation
Social Work

Several more modules will be released in the next year:

Winter 2010:

Medieval Studies

January 2011:

International Relations
Public Health
Victorian Literature

Coming in 2011:

Cinema and Media Studies
Latin American Studies
Political Science

After trying Oxford Bibliographies Online, please leave feedback through the comments section below, specifying which module(s) you are refrring to if possible. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.


Anonymous said...

Very useful, from my point of view. (e.g. modules HIST280, HIST363, 364).

Marios Costambeys

Anonymous said...

We should, if possible, purchase this. Stephen McLeod, Philosophy

Anonymous said...

Also useful for Philosophy. Stephen McLeod

Anonymous said...

This looks of some use: it is rather general and the selection is a little user-unfriendly for those who need to look at items in translation for example. Some of the items are old fashioned while others more up to date. There is an avoidance of manuals and major text books; there is no reference to Cambridge Companions or the Blackwell versions either.
I have checked e.g. Classical Greek history; tyranny; colonisation and epigraphy.
But there may be some value in this operation – but that does depend on cost, for example.
It might be a useful resource but at what price? For example, Wiley-Blackwell are going to launch their online encyclopedia of ancient history and all articles will have bibliography.
Overall I would favour this is the cost was worth it and would ask how expensive it is.

Graham Oliver, SACE