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  • Constitutions of the Countries of the World Online
    Constitutions of the Countries of the World Online (CCW) offers access to 188 country constitutions with extensive expert commentary from leading scholars worldwide. Accurate, original English translations, plus the ability to search for topics across all nations makes Constitutions of the Countries of the World Online a must-have for anyone involved in constitutional or comparative law.

  • Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories Online
    Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories Online (CDT) boasts expert English translations and thoughtful commentary on the constitutions of 40 countries and their 170 dependencies and territories, as well as the federal constitutional provisions that define the relationship between a state and its dependencies or territories.

  • Constitutions of the United States: National and State Online
    Constitutions of the United States: National and State Online (CUS) consists of the most complete and up-to-date American constitutions: the United States Constitution, each of the 50 state constitutions; plus constitutions of fifteen U.S. territories including the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

  • Investment Claims
    Investment Claims (IC) offers more than 300 full-text investment awards with authoritative commentary and regular updates to follow. Complimenting the official documents and commentaries are investment treaties and treaty sector overviews; relevant international treaties and domestic legislation from jurisdictions including the US and UK; arbitral rules; and online versions of key Oxford University Press arbitration books and journal articles.

  • The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online
    The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online (EPIL) is the new edition of the definitive reference work on public international law. The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online will include search functionality and click-through cross references to other Encyclopedia entries as well as related content in the online service Oxford Reports on International Law. A print edition will become available in 2010.

  • New York Code of Professional Responsibility and Ethics Opinions Online
    New York Code of Professional Responsibility and Ethics Opinions Online (NYCPR) is a fully annotated online guide to the ethics guidelines that all lawyers practicing in New York State must follow. With expert commentary by legal ethics scholar Mary C. Daly (Dean, St. John's University School of Law), this searchable database enables lawyers to provide legal services that meet the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct more easily than ever before.

  • Oxford Reports on International Law
    Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) is the premier online service integrating important decisions on public international law from international courts and tribunals, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. Integrating the full scope of international case law for the first time in an easy-to-navigate online environment, this new resource draws upon the expertise of leading scholars and practitioners to provide high quality, timely reports and analysis. All subscriptions include free access to the Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction content module.

    At launch, Oxford Reports on International Law will consist of the following content modules.
    • Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts
    • Oxford Reports on International Criminal Law
    • Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Laws
    • Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims
    • Oxford Reports on International Courts of General Jurisdiction*
      *This content module is included with a subscription to one or more of the other Oxford Reports on International Law services.

  • Treaties and International Agreements Online
    Treaties and International Agreements Online (TIAO) is the fastest, most cost-effective way to get current, comprehensive and accurate text for over 17,000 treaties and international agreements in over 40 topical categories. User-friendly and updated monthly, TIAO is the most up to-date source for U.S. treaties, even more timely than official government publications.

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  • African American Studies Center
    The Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC) provides students, researchers and librarians with more than 8,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core reference content includes the highly acclaimed Africana, the new Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, 2nd edition, and the African American National Biography. Additional content hand-selected by editors has been drawn from numerous fine Oxford University Press titles. Over 1,750 images offer a visually dynamic portal into content. Thematic timelines, maps, charts, tables and graphs direct research and make Oxford reference content accessible to new levels of readership. 300 primary source documents with introductory essays provide perspective on historical research. The site is updated three times a year to maintain the most recent scholarship in the field.

  • American Medical Association Manual of Style Online
    The AMA Manual of Style is a must-have guide for those seeking to publish research findings and anyone involved in medical or scientific publishing. But more than just a style manual, it offers guidance on how to navigate the dilemmas that authors, researchers and their institutions, medical editors and publishers, and members of the news media who cover scientific research confront on a daily basis. Written by an expert committee of JAMA and Archives editors, it thoroughly covers ethical and legal issues, authorship, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct and intellectual property, in addition to preparation of articles for publication, style, terminology, measurement, and quantitation.

  • American National Biography Online
    American National Biography Online presents comprehensive profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all eras and walks of life who have influenced and shaped American history and culture.

  • BBC College of Journalism
    The BBC College of Journalism website includes hundreds of videos, audio clips, discussion pages, interactive modules, and text pages covering every aspect of TV, radio, and online journalism. The subjects covered range from craft skills (e.g. writing or directing video) to subject briefings on critical events and topics such as climate change and the conflict in the Middle East, to the many ethical issues now facing journalists. The site is continuously updated, its coverage driven by the practical needs of BBC journalists around the world, as well as current events in the news. BBC College of Journalism maintains its relevance and realism by being made, primarily, by working journalists.

  • Benezit Dictionary of Art
    With over 190,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language. Entries are clear and concise, and Benezit contains thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. In addition to its outstanding scope and depth, two features in particular make Benezit unique among art reference works: its superb coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of image of artists' signatures, monograms, and stamps.

  • The Berg Fashion Library
    The Berg Fashion Library is the first online resource to provide access to interdisciplinary and integrated text, image, and journal content on world dress and fashion. Students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, cultural studies, fashion and textiles will find the Berg Fashion Library a treasury of fascinating insights into people and cultures all over the world, from pre-history to the present day.

  • Dictionary of National Biography
    Explore the lives of over 50,000 people worldwide who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years - from the 4th-century BC Greek explorer Pytheas to Princess Diana, and from the founding fathers of America to the Nawabs of Bengal. Over 50,000 biographies, 60 million words, 10,000 portrait illustrations.

  • Electronic Enlightenment
    Electronic Enlightenment offers unrivalled access to the web of correspondence between the greatest thinkers and writers of the long 18th century and their families and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers. This award-winning digital project contains 58,555 letters and documents and 7,113 correspondents as of October 2010.

  • Grove Art Online
    Grove Art Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of art from prehistory to the present day - and the best just got even better! The re-launched Grove Art Online offers new design, content, functionality, and partnership links. Other key features of Grove Art Online include over 45,00 signed articles, over 5,000 art images and line drawings, over 21,000 biographies. Grove Art Online is regularly updated with new and revised articles. Oxford Art Online is an innovative new gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location.

  • Grove Music Online
    We are delighted to announce that Grove Music Online has been completely redesigned, and now forms the cornerstone of an important new online gateway, Oxford Music Online. Key features of Grove Music Online include over 50,000 articles that chart the diverse history and culture of music and musicians from around the world, from pre-history to the present day, over 500 Sibelius-enabled audio examples, and a multicultural scope—articles are written by over 6,000 leading international experts.

  • Islamic Studies Center
    Encompassing over 3,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online (OISO) offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information on Islam. This fully integrated resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and will be regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor-in-Chief, John L. Esposito.

  • Oxford Biblical Studies Online
    Oxford Biblical Studies Online will provide unrivalled access to six essential Oxford editions of the Bible alongside commentary and annotations from study Bibles seamlessly combined with reference material and primary texts. Oxford Biblical Studies Online will include nearly 5,000 A-Z articles, from Abel to Zion, including exclusive content from the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Bible (2011), integrated with chapter-based scholarly works, maps and illustrations, interactive timelines and bibliography, and will be regularly updated every six months to include new content and functionality. Trials are available upon request. For a guided tour, visit http://www.oup.com/obso/guided_tour/

  • Oxford Bibliographies Online
    Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is designed to help users navigate through the overwhelming mass of information to find reliable sources, directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, and data set they need for their research. Intuitive linking throughout quicklydelivers the user from a citation to full-text content, whether online or available through a library’s catalog. At launch, each subject module will include over 50 entries, with an additional 50-75 entries added each year over the course of three updates. Each module has an Editorial Board of 15-20 leading scholars, each with expertise in specialized areas within the field of study. All entries are double-peer reviewed and board-vetted and will have a formal review by the Editorial Board once a year to ensure that it remains up-to-date.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Online
    Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is a brand-new modern English dictionary and language reference service. With content and functionality that is up to date, and based on the largest language research program in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Online gives users Oxford’s largest modern English dictionaries, thesauruses, and usage guides at their fingertips. It is the go-to resource for definition-seekers, business professionals, writers, copyeditors, linguists, academics, students, teachers, non-native speakers, puzzle enthusiasts, and anyone wanting to “look it up.”

  • Oxford English Dictionary Online
    The Oxford English Dictionary(OED)is the only English dictionary that aims to trace the first known use of every word in the English language. It has been the authoritative recorder of the language since it was first published in 1884. Now, 10 years after it first appeared, the OED Online is relaunched! This completely new and improved OED Online will, for the first time, give users full access to the Historical Thesaurus of the OED – the first comprehensive thesaurus ever produced, which charts the development of the huge and varied vocabulary of English.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Online Pro
    Oxford Dictionaries Pro (ODP) is a modern English dictionary and language reference service. With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research program in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Pro offers 'quick search' access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, seamlessly integrated with expert guidance on style and usage, thesauruses, and specialist guides for legal and technical writing. Oxford Dictionaries Prois essential for writers, copyeditors, business professionals, linguists, academics, teachers, students, non-native speakers, and puzzle enthusiasts.

  • Oxford Handbooks Online
    Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) is a cross-searchable resource of more than 2,000 in-depth essays by the world’s leading scholars in four major subject areas, Business & Management, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion. They are an essential reference for scholars, advanced students, and practitioners. Extensive links make the online Handbooks easy to navigate, and cross-searching with the award-winning Oxford Scholarship Online allows the user to move seamlessly from discursive introductions to original research monographs.

  • Oxford History of Western Music Online
    The acclaimed Oxford History of Western Music offers an unmatched narrative account of the evolution of Western classical music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. This landmark study has received universal acclaim and major awards in the field, and is now available in an interactive digital format for the first time. Imbued with a panoramic sense of how history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music intersect, this is an essential resource for anyone who seeks to understand this rich and diverse tradition.

  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
    The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (OLDO) offers essential language resources never before available online: fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages. French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese are currently available along with revolutionary pronunciation software. The Oxford Language Web (part of OLDO) allows users to explore multiple languages simultaneously. This feature offers a rich language experience for anyone who is interested in learning and using new languages in today’s global society.

  • Oxford Reference Online Premium
    Oxford Reference Online Premium (OROP) combines rich and scholarly resources offered by acclaimed titles in the Oxford Companions series with authoritative quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum. Since launch, the site has expanded to include access to over 170 ready reference dictionaries, as well as an ever-growing list of Oxford Companions titles, over 450 political and geographical maps, and timelines to key events throughout history. Updated at least three times a year, Oxford Reference Online Premium is an absolute must-have for all libraries and institutions.

    Premium Collection subscribers can enhance their collection with the Literature and Western Civilization collections. Titles are listed here: http://www.oxfordreference.com/pages/collections. These are fully cross-searchable with the Premium Collection, and include a comprehensive selection of acclaimed reference titles. Both are available exclusively to Premium Collection subscribers for a small additional annual fee.

    Western Civilization Collection Titles:
    Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
    Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
    Oxford Classical Dictionary
    Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
    Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
    Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation

    Literature Collection Titles:
    The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French
    The Oxford Companion to Chaucer
    The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
    The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction
    The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
    The Oxford Companion to German Literature, 3rd edition
    The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature
    The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English
    The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
    The Oxford Dictionary of Plays
    The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
    The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
    The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
    The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation

  • Social Explorer
    Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history.

  • University Press Scholarship Online 
    University Press Scholarship Online launched in September 2011 and brings together the best scholarly publishing from around the world. Aggregating monograph content from leading university presses, UPSO offers an unparalleled research tool, making disparately published scholarship easily accessible, highly discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via a single online platform. Research that previously would have required a user to jump between a variety of books and disconnected websites can now be concentrated through the UPSO search engine.

  • Who’s Who and Who Was Who 
    Published every year since 1849, Who's Who (WHO) is the leading source of up-to-date information about over 32,000 influential people in British public life today. Who Was Who (WWHO) is an invaluable historical archive which collects together the entries of nearly 90,000 people, now deceased, which were included in previous editions of Who's Who.
    With a single click of a mouse, online readers will be able to compare the entries captured in Who Was Who, largely supplied by the people themselves – from Winston Churchill to Barbara Cartland – with their biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online (ODNB), and vice versa. Who Was Who will also provide a reference point for many not chosen for fuller biographies in the ODNB.

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