December 1, 2015

Complimentary Access to Three Oxford University Press Online Databases For Next Two Weeks

Last week we posted that EBSCO was providing complimentary access to their version of the ERIC database (usually fee-based) for the duration of the federal government shutdown.

Today, Oxford University Press announced that they’re now offering complimentary access to three reference databases for the next two weeks. Will the shutdown be over by that time? Stay tuned.

For those who might have lost access to these resources due to the shutdown now you continue to use them.

If you usually don’t have access to these tools, here’s a great opportunity to give these resources a good look. Links and access info are found below.

Complimentary Access: What’s Available

Oxford Reference

  • Oxford Reference is a collection of over 125 core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted quick results that users can trust bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource.
  • Start your journey by logging in using username: tryoxfordreference, password: govshutdown

 American National Biography Online

  • American National Biography Online provides articles that traces a person’s life through the sequence of significant events as they occurred from birth to death offering portraits of more than 18,700 men and women— from all eras and walks of life—whose lives have shaped the nation.
  • To explore, simply log in using username: tryanb,  password: govshutdown

Social Explorer 

  • Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. In addition to its comprehensive data resources, Social Explorer offers features and tools to meet the needs of demography experts and novices alike.
  • For access to Social Explorer, email online for a username and password.
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