Thursday, February 9, 2012

eReference Quick Look

Many library users under utilize traditional Reference books, but new eReference options are a great way to access material online that was once only available on library shelves.

The following resources are just a small selection of eReference materials that can be found through the library’s web page by clicking on the “All Article Databases & Indexes” link in the second blue box in the center of the page:

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books plus an expanding range of key titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companions Series, plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
NOTE:  Maximum 1 simultaneous user. Please try later if busy.

Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

This is the newest eReference resource at the library, and it covers all areas of philosophy in the Middle Ages and part of the Renaissance, ranging from 500 to 1500 CE.

Britannica Original Sources

The site includes original or primary source documents, critical selections and acclaimed works across U.S. and World History, Literature, Social Science, Political Science, Law, Science, Mathematics, Religion, Philosophy, and Language.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

This resource can be used as a dictionary, thesaurus, and guide for historical usage of words in the English language.  The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words, past and present, from across the English-speaking world. 

Just For Fun:

Do you enjoy trivia?  Oxford Reference Online offers the “Free Fact of the Day,” and this fun service is free to anyone.  Follow this link to sign up for this e-mail service:

Would you like more information about eReference resources?  Ask a Librarian!

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