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Oxford Scholarship Online trial

From the 28 June 2016 the Library & Archives Service will provide trial access for 5 months to the STM Collection in Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO).  The STM Collection is being made available by EBA (Evidence Based Acquisition), which means that at the end of the trial the Library will decide which books to keep in perpetuity based on usage figures.  Similar to the Ebook Central trial also running, these acquisition models enable readers to have direct input into shaping the Library’s eBook collection.

Subjects covered include:

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Palliative Care
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health & Epidemiology
  • Social Work

The trial will provide School staff and students with full text access to academic monographs in the above subjects, with each title having been extensively peer-reviewed and approved for publication by leading academics from Oxford University.  OSO is regularly updated, with new titles being added most months.

Access to OSO is by IP address.  Readers can access content from inside the School, or if accessing remotely by using their School username and password.

OSO allows users to streamline and customize their search experience.  Search options include several ways to filter results, abstracts and keywords are available at book and chapter level, and access options are quickly identifiable (a green unlocked padlock indicates full text access).  Users can customize their searches by creating shortcuts, sharing content, exporting citations, building reading lists, and viewing content in multiple formats.  Chapters can be printed, or downloaded for viewing later.  OSO is also fully mobile optimized.

We hope that you will find access to these titles on Oxford Scholarship Online a useful addition to the Library’s eBook provision.  This is a trial period so we are keen to hear feedback about content, search experience, accessibility or any other OSO-related comments.  You can get in touch by emailing collections@lshtm.ac.uk or on Twitter.

 

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