Posts Tagged ‘Oxford University Press’

Oxford English Dictionary

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Added last year is the Historical Thesaurus, which is now integrated with the OED Online.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from Dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language.

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Oxford Grove Music

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Review by CCL-EAR Committee

Oxford Grove Music is an excellent collection of reference sources on topics related to music. Content is updated on a periodic basis, although completeness of content and parity with edition numbers of the source work is not always clear. The search interface is adequate, and embedded multimedia examples of sheet music is a welcome addition for those able to install the required plug-in. The database is ADA/Section 508 compliant, but could use improvement to streamline navigation for users with screen readers. Overall, we recommend Oxford Music Online for any community college with courses requiring research into music history, instruments or performance.

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Oxford African American Studies Center

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

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African American Studies Center, a product offered by Oxford University Press, is a reference database devoted to African American history and culture. It consists of over 10,000 full-text articles from several core reference works.

The interface is clean and intuitive. It is easy to navigate between various types of resources available as a result of each search. One shortcoming of the search interface is that it does not provide “did you mean…” suggestions when search terms are misspelled, but simply shows ‘0’ results or (worse yet) a few results retrieved on the same misspelling.

OAASC fulfills the needs of community college-level academic programs in the area of African American studies far better than any broad-based general resource, and the reasonable price makes it an affordable tool for history, political science, ethnic studies, English, and speech coursework

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