Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TRIAL: Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have trial access to the full set of Oxford Bibliographies Online until 17th April 2014

To access this trial go to (you will need to login if off campus)

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is designed to help you find reliable sources of information, directing you to high quality, reliable scholarship whether it be a book, chapter, journal, website, or database.

There are 38 major subject modules, each comprising a series of articles covering the major areas of scholarship within that discipline.  Articles contain a subject introduction, bibliography, annotations, and commentary text.

Subjects include Atlantic History, Communication, Evolutionary Biology, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, American Literature, Chinese Studies, Criminology, Geography, Linguistics, Public Health, British and Irish Literature, Ecology, Management, Classics, International Law, Medieval Studies, Political Science, Social Work and more.

To learn more about OBO and how it can help your research, take a look at this brief introduction 

After trying OBO please leave your comments below. 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.


Dr. Lauren Arrington said...

This is a fantastic resource, especially valuable to students studying literature. That the authors of individual entries update the bibliographies regularly is unique and makes OBO a particularly innovative and important project. It would be brilliant to have it permanently accessible.

Marios Costambeys said...

Having just tapped into OBO for my own research purposes, I can testify to the bibliographies' accuracy and general utility. These are going to be especially helpful for undergraduate dissertations and for all postgraduate level work. A must-have.

Ian Shaw said...

I used OBO over the last couple of days, primarily to assist in expanding the reading for two UGs whose dissertations I'm supervising, and results, in once case at least, were very helpful. I also tried a few things relating to my own research and find it more helpful than I'd anticipated!

Andrew Redden said...

A great resource. Has come in very handy already while searching for a wide range of items for notes on subjects in world history (Islam, Art History, Latin American Studies, History of Christianity). I can see this resource being of use at all levels (UG/PG and basic research) and in particular bibliographical searches.

Alexander Ferguson said...

Really useful resource, very useful for getting to grips with contextual and background information. Very useful for the undergraduate student studying English, Irish Studies and most subjects in the School of the Arts.

Anonymous said...

An excellent resource which is proving invaluable to my research.

Stephen Kenny said...

The OBO will be extremely useful for History students at all levels of the programme, but perhaps most especially in core modules and for dissertations. Also excellent for researchers in general, pinpointing key works and offering useful summaries.

Harald E. Braun said...

I am impressed by scope, depth, and quality of this bibliographical resource. High standard of scholarship, and very easy to use.
I have looked at two sections in particular: "Medieval Studies" and "Renaissance and Reformation". These sections represent a very valuable resource for UGs studying medieval and early modern subjects at all levels. It could be in fact be integrated in very useful ways in Y1-Y3 research skills teaching (e.g. HIST105, HIST283). I have also used these sections in particular (and the ones on Atlantic History, LA History, and History of Xianity) for PGT and PGR teaching already - and it has already proven its value in terms of allowing PGT / PGR students to grasp subjects and develop handles on debates more quickly.
Very useful for UG, PGT, and PGR.

I would also second what Dr. Redden said in his blogpost, and urge the university to buy into this resource as widely as possible (I also looked at Atlantic History, Art History, Latin American Studies, History of Christianity, and International Law) - it will be an extremely useful resource if we want to maintain and develop interdisciplinarity in research and teaching across the Schools in this Faculty (HSS), and will help develop HLAC / cross-disciplinary modules.

I hope the Library wil acquire this resource! With best wishes, and many thanks for arranging the trial, Harald E. Braun (History / Student Experience Lead HLC)