Most of us probably know and appreciate the famous publisher of reference for the College and University market, the Oxford University Press. Oxford is famous for its huge collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries which cover the sciences (biology, mathematics, chemistry), social sciences (law, politics, geography), technology (computers, astronomy) the fine arts (literature, visual arts, music) and just about every other subject. Well, for a number of years, Oxford has been putting many of its fine reference books, such as the venerable Oxford Companion... series, the Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions, the Oxford Dictionary of Sports Sciences and Medicine, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, and many others online.
Oxford has made over 200 of its venerable reference works available online to libraries as well as to the public. And it is the privilege of Axe Library to make The Oxford Reference Online available to the students, teachers and members of the public who enjoy using our library. Brief Instructions on the use of the database are available on Axe Library’s Oxford Reference Online handout (ask at the reference desk.). Also, the Oxford Reference Online database has numerous easy to use help screens. Try it out. Instead of one brief encyclopedia article on George Washington for your English 101 paper, the Oxford Online starts you out with more than one hundred!