Oxford University Press Gives You Free Access to Books, Dictionaries & More During National Library Week

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It’s National Library Week, and to celebrate Oxford University Press is making many of its online resources free for users in the U.S. and Canada this week. Access will be open until the end of Saturday, the 19th. You will be able to read Oxford’s online dictionaries, online scholarly editions, extensive reference materials, and the popular series of Very Short Introductions, which “offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to ConsciousnessGame Theory to Ancient WarfarePrivacy to Islamic HistoryEconomics to Literary Theory.” (To access the texts, type “libraryweek” as the username and password in the Subscriber Login area. It appears halfway down the page, on the left.)

The open access period excludes Oxford University Press scholarly journals. This is unfortunate. As you probably know, most of the research published by university presses resides behind prohibitive paywalls that make it difficult for independent scholars and laypeople to read current scholarship. It would be nice to see Oxford and other presses make such grace periods more frequent and inclusive in the future. But for now, OUP’s open access week is a great way to entice non-professionals into academic scholarship and temporarily ease the burden on those without regular access to their databases. Visit Oxford’s site and sign in with username and password “libraryweek” to begin reading.

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  1. Steven Deedon says . . . | April 16, 2014 / 6:25 am

    The Library Week username and password don’t work on the OUP site, and haven’t for days. It’s an utter SNAFU. I’ve talked with them twice and received a number of email. Just checked again a few minutes ago, and they still don’t work. Also they seem to have removed the Oxford Handbooks from the offer. Hard to believe OUP could make such a mess.

  2. WAFAA says . . . | April 16, 2014 / 10:06 am

    I’m trying to download books on the history of Russia and Byzantium in the Middle Ages …
      The site doesnt open with me … and therefore I dont know how to download???
    Please help in this matter …
    Thank you
    WAFAA

  3. Anne says . . . | April 16, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    I’d say Proquest’s Ebrary access is 10000000x better than what OUP is offering.The highlight of OUP is basically allowing you to view their dictionary and a couple novelties like ‘very brief intros’.

  4. key says . . . | April 18, 2014 / 1:33 am

    Thaks for you of this programme.
    Please ..l would like enquiry about the new book in x-ray.
    Thanks

  5. James Seaford says . . . | April 19, 2014 / 1:59 pm

    Also a shame Australia is excluded, given it is a major export destination..

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