Oxford Reference Online 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. The Hekman Library has purchased the following books as part of ORO:
The Oxford English Dictionary, or OED as it's more popularly known, is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. It aims to show not only the current meanings of words, but also to trace their development through time. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world, making the OED a unique historical record. Available in print and in electronic version.
The gateway to Oxford's premiere music publications, including the fundamental New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001), The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2006), TheNew Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2001).
In this database, you can find articles on music history, instruments, composers, institutions, performers, and genres.
Web site maintained by medieval scholars which contains the "Orb Encyclopedia," an index of original essays on medieval studies arranged by topic, a dictionary of medieval terms, online bibliographies and timelines, and links to medieval Internet resources.
"The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy....Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation."
Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, the Encyclopedia comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. With a global perspective that pays attention to significant international trends and the multicultural expansion of the field, it includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are feature essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
A comprehensive encyclopedia "covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin)."
From “Apple Pie” to “Zombie”, this encyclopedia covers the significant events, inventions, and social
movements in American history that have affected the way Americans
view, prepare, and consume food and drink.
A 5-volume encyclopedia prepared under the auspices of the American Schools of Oriental Research, edited by Eric M. Meyers. The geographic coverage is from pre-history through the Crusades, covering the eastern Mediterranean to Iran, the Anatolian peninsula to the Arabian peninsula, and Egypt, Cyprus, and parts of North and East Africa.
Contains 600 articles covering political, religious, economic, social, and intellectual topics from the predynastic era to the period of Roman rule. Good cross-references, index, and bibliographies. Available in print and online.
The standard reference for Classical Latin from its beginnings to the end of the 2d century AD. Includes words for literary and non-literary sources with brief etymological notes and quotations illustrating usage.
The standard one-volume reference work on Christianity, with over 6000 entries, covering biography, church history, and theology, with bibliographies for most entries. Edited by F. L. Cross, updated 3rd edition by E. A. Livingstone.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers contemporary social
issues, from offshore drilling
to climate change, health care to immigration. Includes pro/con
viewpoint essays, as well as journal and news articles, primary source
materials, legal sources, images, charts/tables, and more.
A three-volume encyclopedia containing over 600 articles which include biographies, general contextual essays, and articles on very specific topics. Each article is signed and recommends current bibliography for further study. The geographic area covered includes Mexico through southern Mesoamerica. Emphasis is placed on the past, but contemporary cultural groups are also covered.
Indepth survey of the history of music from 750 A.D. through the end of the Millennium in 6 volumes. Ties the history and analysis of music to social, political, economic, and cultural developments in Europe and North America, primarily.
Featuring 945 alphabetically arranged entries, this is an indispensable
biographical and critical guide to American art and artists from colonial times to
contemporary postmodernism. The dictionary also provides entries on people connected with the American art scene and notable American institutions.
The 4,000 entries provide rich detail on all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe, including comprehensive coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of the period. The text explores the influence that this intense intellectual and cultural revival continues to have on modern thought and society.