I’m very excited about these new online resources from Oxford University Press. One of them is online now, and the other two will be released very soon. Check them out!
1. Oxford Scholarly Editions
The first new resource from Oxford is Oxford Scholarly Editions. The blurb from their website:
Available for the first time online, Oxford’s scholarly editions provide trustworthy, annotated texts of writing worth reading. Overseen by a prestigious editorial board, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online is a collection of these highly sought after editions, making them more accessible and searchable than ever before. The launch content on the site includes hundreds of poems, plays, and prose works, written by writers active between 1485 and 1660.
Check out the authors list and the works list. It’s impressive! It’s also quite useful for studying religion from the time period given above; they have, for instance, letters from Richard Baxter, several works by John Donne, letters from Erasmus, several works by George Herbert, letters from Henry More to Anne Conway, poems by Robert Southwell, and Holy Living and Holy Dying by Jeremy Taylor.
2. Oxford Reference
The second exciting thing from Oxford is Oxford Reference. The blurb:
Oxford Reference is the home of Oxford’s quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Newly relaunched with a brand new look and feel, and specifically designed to meet the needs and expectations of reference users, Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content at the click of a button. Made up of two main collections, both fully integrated and cross-searchable, Oxford Reference couples Oxford’s trusted A-Z reference material with an intuitive design to deliver a discoverable, up-to-date, and expanding reference resource.
The site is a combination of Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf. It’s set to launch on September 19, which is not so far away. And, not surprisingly, it will have a lot of good resources relating to Biblical Studies and Religious Studies. They’ll have sources on Archaeology, Art & Architecture, Classics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Science & Technology, Social Science, and Society & Culture. They’ll also have bilingual dictionaries in a myriad of languages, which in itself will be fantastically handy.
3. Oxford Handbooks Online
The final bit of news is an upcoming update to Oxford Handbooks Online. Again, from their website:
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that Oxford Handbooks Online will relaunch in 2012. The site will feature the same analytical and authoritative review articles currently available through Oxford Handbooks Online, but with expanded coverage and with new articles added on a monthly basis. Coverage will expand to fourteen disciplines: Archaeology, Business and Management, Classics, Criminology, Economics, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.
The relaunch of Oxford Handbooks Online represents a transition from an e-book database, to a dynamic article-delivery service featuring handbook chapters in advance of their print publication, ensuring the scholarship’s currency and reliability. Handbook chapters will appear alongside articles commissioned exclusively for Oxford Handbooks Online to provide comprehensive coverage of the discipline. Each subject area will be overseen by an Editor in Chief and Editorial Board of subject experts who will guide editorial development and insure the scholarship meets high standards for academic quality.
I’m pretty excited about this update. Right now, all they have online are digital versions of the handbooks from four different disciplines (Business & Management, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion). But with the update will come ten new disciplines, including several with clear ties to Biblical Studies and Religious Studies: Archaeology, Classics, History, Linguistics, and Literature.
(HT: The Hindu Business Line)