Oxford University Press recently launched the Oxford Index, a search and discovery gateway to Oxford's digital academic content. The Oxford Index is available free of charge to all and provides a portal to discover trusted scholarly content from Oxford and its partners. As the website states, "One search brings together top quality content and unlocks connections in a way not previously possible." The portal is currently in beta format and already includes an impressive collection of content, including
- All content from University Press Scholarship Online (including Oxford Scholarship Online), a collection of academic monographs from leading university presses worldwide (more than 80,000 chapters from 7,200 titles)
- All content from Oxford Handbooks Online (more than 3,400 chapters from 100+ titles)
- Over 150,000 articles from 235 Oxford Journals
The Index does not contain full-text content but provides an abstract preview with links to full-text content (some of which may require a subscription...but not all). From now until March 2012 the Index will evolve in response to feedback. Hundreds of thousands of scholarly articles, reference entries, and bibliographies will continue to be added along with more site functionality.
At Really Strategies, we are particularly excited about this portal because RSuite CMS is one of the systems that helped make it possible. RSuite serves as the central repository and metadata hub for Oxford University Press and the Oxford Index.
From acupuncture to Werner Herzog, I've discovered scholarly content from trusted peer-reviewed sources, which I find terribly important during this era of big data overload. When the family gets too hectic during the impending holiday season, you'll find me cuddled up in front of the fire exploring "Surrealism, Dada, and the Refusal of Work: Autonomy, Activism, and Social Participation in the Radical Avant-Garde" (full text for this gem is available!).