lesson 5: Oxford reference collection 

The Oxford Reference Premium via the Digital Pipeline offers a huge range of fully-indexed, extensively linked, up to date, and cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

1)  Go to the English Dictionaries and Thesauruses link and click on the Browse this subject link. This interesting search option lets you browse page by page through all of the dictionaries simultaneously. Go to the H’s and find the entries for the term habeas corpus.

a)  How many dictionaries have entries for this word?  Answer: 6

2)  Return to the English Dictionaries and Thesauruses link and click on Links for this subject. Examine the list of links.

a)  What is the purpose for these links?  They provide a complete list of all the English dictionaries and thesauruses in the database.

b)  Go to the link for the Guide to Grammar and Writing. What popular song is used to illustrate nouns?  My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music.

3)  One last look at English Dictionaries and Thesauruses. Click on the link to the Visual English Dictionary.  Look up the word “boat.” Click on the first link for examples of boats and ships.

a)  How many examples are given? Answer: 14

4)  Go to the link for English Language Reference.

a)  How many titles are offered in this category?  Answer: 18

5)  From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to the Bilingual Dictionaries. Choose one of the dictionary titles. Enter a word in the search box. List the options available to process the information on the results screen.

a)  Boat:  You may print or email the results, or widen your search, or reorder the results alphabetically and change the number of results per page.

6)  From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Quotations. Enter the word “abolish” in the search box.

a)  What is the quote from John Locke?  “The end of law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.”

b)  Now click on the link to Browse this subject. Browse to the word “abolish.” Follow the links for abolish and describe how these results differ from the general word search results.  Their actual subjects vary from serfdom, to deal penalty to government rather than a list of quotes with the word “abolish” in them.

7)  From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Maps and Illustrations. Do a search for “Syria.”

a)  What type of maps are available?  There is a World Flag map, a World Maps map and a Visual English Dictionary in Maps and Illustrations.

8)  From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Encyclopedias. Do a search on Syria. Explore the links to the World Encyclopedia and A Guide to Countries of the World. Consider the difference between the two resources.

a)  According to the introduction for A Guide to Countries of the World, what is the purpose of this source?  It is a handbook for student, teachers and home reference that provides information for every country in the world with a brief history and outline of social, economic, political and religious issues, including a map and fact box with demographic information. 

9)  From the Oxford Reference home page click in the Quick Search Box. Search for the term “recycling.”

a)  How many entries are in the results screen?  Answer: 25

b)  What three books are available in the Refine by Book option?  I did not see this option available.

10)  While searching for the widget I found the MARC records!  For some reason the widget is not displaying correctly. WordPress keeps altering the code when I save it.

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