By Jessica Dunkel, Reference Assistant
We all know Google, the double-edged sword of endless information. It’s fast, free, and extensive, but is it accurate? When you need trusted information fast, Oxford Reference Online is the perfect website. Your library card grants you access to the latest editions of over 37 encyclopedias completely FREE and accessible 24/7. No more worrying if your teacher will accept Wikipedia as a source. Or, as Honest Abe said:
“Luckily, Oxford Essential Quotations is just one of the 37 encyclopedias at your fingertips!”
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Below are some key features for researching with Oxford Reference:
FUNCTIONALITY TO EXPAND YOUR RESEARCH
- Library widget: Log in to Oxford Reference quickly and easily, and choose whether to see results from all of Oxford Reference or only full text entries available via your library
- Annotation Functionality: Select text to highlight and annotate with your own notes. Sign into your Personal Profile where your annotations can be stored and managed under “My Work”.
- Oxford Dictionaries Online widget: Double click a word and see the free definition in Oxford Dictionaries Online
- Discoverability tools: MARC 21 records are available at title level, and Open URL increase discoverability and usage of library resources
- The Oxford Index Underbar: The silver tool at the bottom of your browser offers free search and discovery by generating links to related content from across Oxford’s online resources. For more information about the Oxford Index watch our video or go to http://www.oxfordindex.oup.com
FLEXIBLE USER EXPERIENCE
- Tools to Refine Your Search: Narrow your search/browse results with a multitude of subject or reference type filters and select “Book” or “Entry” to see your results displayed in your preferred format. Choose to see “Full Text Results Only” by checking the box on the search results page.
- Options for Customization: Keep your research organized by saving your research journey, favorite titles, and entries in your “Personal Profile,” located in the top right-hand corner.
- Share Content: With integrated tools including social bookmarking, email, and citation export
- Leave Feedback: You can now leave feedback about how useful you found entries in Oxford Reference using the box at the bottom of every entry
Other handy (and free) research tools include:
- Historic Timelines: 270 historic timelines organized by time period, area, and theme, with each event linked to a free entry in Oxford Reference.
- Essential Quotations: Oxford Essential Quotations is always unlocked and accessible to global users.
- Subject Overviews: Over 300,000 pages defining each unique term in Oxford Reference offer a start to your research journey, with links to related entries.
If you’re conducting a research project, planning a school lesson, or even browsing around to learn something new, do it for free – with confidence – anywhere, anytime – with Oxford Reference Online.
- Visit the Library’s home page: http://lib.williamson-tn.org
- Click on eLibrary Digital
- Click on Articles and Databases by title
- From the list of letters, select O-P
- Use the handy search box to start searching, or click on the Oxford Reference Online link to go to their full website
- If you’re at the library: you will be automatically logged in
- If you’re at home: enter your library card number and select Williamson County Public Library
For questions, call the Main Library’s reference desk at 615-595-1243 or stop by and visit us!
By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Did you know that if we don’t have a book in our collection we can get what you want other ways? Let us tell you about Interlibrary Loan.
We offer Interlibrary Loan to all of our patrons. You can request up to 12 books per year per card. It generally takes a couple of weeks, but sometimes it could be longer. We search in our Tennessee Library database, which searches all the public libraries in Tennessee, and two universities. If the book is not listed there we can search throughout the United States (this is where it may take a little longer to get the book.) Due dates are set by the lending library and there is usually sufficient time to read the book. Sometimes we are able to ask for a book to be renewed. Keep in mind that there is a $.50 fine per day the book is overdue, so it is always best to request a renewal before the due date.
Two important pieces of information: when we notify you a book is here (either by email or phone), you have 5 days to pick up the book. If you don’t make it within those 5 days, the book will be returned and your library card/account will be charged$1.00 for a non-pick up fee.
We also understand if you want a book and all we have are e-audio or e-books. Consider Interlibrary Loan as an alternative.