Spotlight on Oxford Reference Online Premium Database for Research

Have you ever wondered where the best place to start your research is? If you have sought the answer to this question, I would like to suggest checking out the Oxford Reference Online Premium database. This database provides authoritative answers to research questions across 25 different subject areas. The database contains over 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. The database can be accessed on the Weinberg Memorial Library website by clicking on the Articles & Databases tab, then under Reference Resources within the browse databases by subject or alphabetically under the letter O in the A-Z list of database titles. This database is equivalent to having a reference library at your fingertips.

As a librarian and a researcher, I decided to run some test searches on two different topics – World War II and Pearl Harbor using the Oxford Reference Online Premium database. On the topic of World War II, there are over 12,000 entries ranging from a simple definition on World War II of 624 words from A Dictionary of World History to a detailed article of 6,047 words from The Oxford Companion to United States History. On the topic of Pearl Harbor, there are over 700 entries from titles such as A Dictionary of World History and The Oxford Companion to Military History.

The Oxford Reference Online Premium database did not disappoint in terms of the ease that it provided researchers in running searches to the breadth and depth of information provided in some of the entries. The database also suggests related content and topical overviews that allow researchers to continue their exploration. The database provides four options to record your research, including printing, saving, citing, and emailing the article. Overall, the Oxford Reference Online Premium database is an excellent resource for exploring new topics and getting started on your research. Good luck with your research!

Interactive Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas Database Allows Students to Explore the Human Body Up Close

One of the newest databases that the Weinberg Memorial Library has added—the Visible Human Body Atlas—is an interactive database published by Wolters Kluwer. The database contains interactive anatomy and physiology learning and visualization content that includes 3D models, illustrations, and even animations. This database can be accessed from the A-Z list of databases, and from the Biology, Exercise Science & Sport, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Stream Media databases by subject guides.

In this database, students can explore the human body up close by looking at different body systems and regions of the body. Users of this resource can rotate the body, zoom into an area, and read explanations about different parts of the body and body functions. In addition to providing 3D models, illustrations, animations, and images of the human body, this interactive resource even includes encyclopedic anatomy reference content that provides information on every bone, muscle, and organ in the human body. If you are looking to learn more about the human body and its complexities, then look no further. This database is the place to start as it has the entire body mapped out in a way that will allow students to travel inside the human body to learn through interaction and simulation that this learning tool provides.