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The Oxford English Dictionary Online

February 19th, 2015 by John Jackson

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If language is a city, as Ralph Waldo Emerson claims, to the building of which every human being has brought a stone, then the Oxford English Dictionary is one of the greatest linguistic urban centers ever constructed. Begun more than a century ago and containing over 600,000 words, the OED is the definitive reference work for understanding the development of the words that make up the English language today.

Students of Whittier College can access both the print copy of the second edition (1989) as well as the online edition, which we will be highlighting in this post. To access the OED Online, jump over to our Databases A-Z list. You will find a link to the dictionary under “General Databases” as well as within the alphabetized tabs at the top. (If you are off-campus or on the “poets” wifi network, use your Whittier ID and password to login.)

The OED seeks to trace the first recorded use of every sense of a word, to show when it entered the language and how its use changed over time. Students who are seeking to learn more about the history of a word or how a word was used at a particular point in time will find the OED most useful. However, it can also be a credible and reliable resource for looking up a word’s current usage.

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Each entry contains a chronological list of the word’s meanings, including quotations to illustrate its usage. Common compounds and derivatives are also listed. For example, the entry for quaker also includes terms such as quaker colour (a subdued color), quaker gun (a dummy gun or cannon), quakerdom (Quakers collectively), and, my personal favorite, quakeristical (of, relating to, or characteristic of a Quaker).

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The etymology of each word (at the top of each entry) details the origin and derivation of the word, whether it was initially borrowed from another language or blended with another word. As you can see in the image above for the word “poet”, it also includes both the British and English pronunciations using standard IPA notation. If you’re not sure how to read the characters of the International Phonetic Alphabet, simply click on the IPA spelling of the word and the OED with give you a helpful pronunciation guide.

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Finally, the OED’s Timeline feature gives you a graphical method for exploring any aspect of English over time: including exploring the language as a whole; English relating to a particular subject area; English used by particular groups; or English derived from other languages and language families.

Whether you prefer to use the print or online version, there is certainly more to explore in the Oxford English Dictionary. We hope you will find it useful to your studies!

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1-Minute Introductions: Academic OneFile

January 28th, 2015 by John Jackson

Every week this semester, we are highlighting one database at Wardman Library in a series of videos we call “1-Minute Introductions.” Last week, we looked at JSTOR. Here is another favorite of Whittier College students: Academic OneFile:

As we create more videos, we will post them to our tutorials page. Next week, we’ll take a look at Global Issues in Context. You can find a complete list of databases available to Whittier College students and faculty on our databases A-Z list.

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1-Minute Introductions: JSTOR

January 20th, 2015 by John Jackson

Every week this semester, we will highlight one database at Wardman Library in a series of videos we call “1-Minute Introductions.” First up, everyone’s favorite go-to database, JSTOR:

As we create more videos, we will post them to our tutorials page. Next week, we’ll take a look at Academic OneFile. You can find a complete list of databases available to Whittier College students and faculty on our databases A-Z list.

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6,000 Titles Added to Our eBook Collection

February 25th, 2014 by John Jackson

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From librarian Mike Garabedian: We here at Wardman Library just added the largest single update to our e-book collection since we started our e-book subscription last year.

This latest update comprises nearly 6,000 e-books, many published within the last three years by prominent academic presses (e.g., MIT, NYU, the State University of New York, and the University of North Carolina Presses, to name only a few). As with the other e-books in our collection, the new titles will be available to an unlimited amount of simultaneous users (i.e., they’re never ‘checked out’); and amazingly/helpfully, a full-text search using the EBSCO e-book platform will look at every word on every page of every e-book in the collection, which now comprises nearly 130,000 titles.

In addition to helping to facilitate these acquisitions, librarian Nick Velkavrh has done the hard work of getting the records for the new titles into the Library catalog. These records link to the e-books in the EBSCOhost database , where of course all the fully readable/discoverable/searchable titles ‘live.’

For those interested in seeing a list of just these new e-books, Nick has also generated two lists, one in the library catalog itself, and one in a more ‘browse-able’ spreadsheet form. Both lists are arranged by call number.

Finally, for those who need help finding e-books in our collection, we have tutorials for that. Enjoy, Poets!

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Database Trials for Gender Studies and Music

November 5th, 2013 by John Jackson

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During the month of November, we are test driving two new databases: GenderWatch (gender studies) and RILM (music). You can access these free trials until November 30th by going to our Databases page and selecting the links on the right under “Free Database Trials.”

 

GenderWatch

GenderWatch is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women’s movement, men’s studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.”

 

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM abstracts of music literature has over 730,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries. RILM retrospective abstracts of music literature, which comprises records for publications from before 1967, contains over 20,000 entries covering all document types.

 

Please let us know what you think about these databases and how they might be useful for your research. The information you provide will help us to determine whether we should purchase access to them in the future. There is a feedback form below the links on the Databases page.

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17 new journals added to our Academic OneFile database

October 4th, 2013 by John Jackson

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Academic OneFile just added 17 new journal titles to its collection of e-resources. The full list is below. You can search these journals by going to our databases page and selecting “Academic OneFile” on the left side under “General Databases.” You can also find these by searching for the journal title on our A-Z Journal Title’s list.

  • American Nurse Today (Healthcom Media) Peer-reviewed
  • Anuario de Turismo y Sociedad (Universidad Externado de Colombia) 0120-7555 Peer-reviewed
  • HealthLeaders Magazine (HCPro, Inc.)
  • In die Skriflig (African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS) 1018-6441 Peer-reviewed
  • International Journal of Management and Innovation (Business Essay Consultancy Center) 2070-8521 Peer-reviewed
  • InternexT: Revista Eletronica de Negocios Internacionais da ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing – ESPM) 1980-4865 Peer-reviewed
  • Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies (African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS) 2072-845X Peer-reviewed
  • Journal of Applied Finance (Financial Management Association International) 1534-6668 Peer-reviewed
  • Journal of Communications and Computer Engineering (Modern Science Publishers) 2090-6234 Peer-reviewed
  • Journal of Constitutional History (Giornale di Storia Costituzionale) (EUM Edizioni Università di Macerata Italy) 1593-0793 Peer-reviewed
  • Journal of Veterinary Dentistry (American Veterinary Dental Society) 0898-7564 Peer-reviewed
  • Koers (African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS) 0023-270X Peer-reviewed
  • Linguistik Online (Professor Elke Hentschel) 1615-3014 Peer-reviewed
  • Open Journal of Implant Dentistry (African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS) 2226-4507 Peer-reviewed
  • Proceedings of the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences) 2220-8860 Peer-reviewed
  • Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatematica (Universidad de Nariño – Colombia) 2011-5474 Peer-reviewed
  • Wound Care Advisor (Healthcom Media) Peer-reviewed

 

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New Database Trial: BioOne

October 1st, 2013 by John Jackson

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For the month of October, Whittier College students and faculty have free access to BioOne, an online resource of leading research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. BioOne provides full-text articles and current content from 176 publications [pdf] with substantial coverage in disciplines such as:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • General Sciences
  • Natural History
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • Ornithology
  • Geology & Paleontology
  • Plant Sciences

Go to our Databases page and click on the link on the right side of the page to try it out. If you like what you find and think BioOne would be a useful resources for WC Poets, let us know!

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120,000 eBooks, Oh My!

September 2nd, 2013 by John Jackson

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Welcome back, students and faculty! The librarians at Wardman Library have been busy all summer preparing for your return (we missed you!). To that end, we’ve just added 120,000 new electronic books to the collection. You can find eBooks in the catalog by looking for the eBook icon (shown below) and access them by clicking on the link at the bottom of the record. You can also search for eBooks by selecting “eBook Collection” on our Find Books & Articles page.

That’s not all! We’ve also created some brief tutorials to get you started. As always, if you need help, ask a librarian. Good luck this semester!

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New Online Resources!

February 16th, 2012 by libuser

Wardman Library is pleased to announce the addition of two outstanding new online resources that are accessible via our website from on campus and away: JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection and Oxford Art Online.

The JSTOR Arts & Sciences VII Collection adds to our current selection of JSTOR holdings and features 183 titles from 35 different disciplines.  Coverage includes the arts, humanities, social sciences, and health science fields.

Oxford Art Online is the gateway to acclaimed art resources that includes Grove Art Online (first published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art); Benezit Dictionary of Artists; The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics; and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.  Users may access and cross-search all of these online reference works simultaneously.

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