Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Titles in Oxford Digital Reference Shelf database

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Oxford University Press Increases Database Content and Resources

Oxford University Press has added new titles to its Oxford Digital Reference Shelf database resource as well as fascinating new content to Grove Art Online and Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture.

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf brings Oxford's award-winning scholarly reference titles into the online environment, seamlessly integrating them with Oxford Reference Online Premium Edition. For subscribers to the Premium Edition, all Oxford Digital Reference Shelf titles, in addition to being accessible at their individual URLs, are cross-searchable within Oxford Reference Online Premium.

Two new reference tools just added include:

  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights — This encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law and history, providing situation profiles and full coverage of the development of the movement, historical cases of abuse, key figures, major organizations and more.
  • The Oxford Companion to Architecture — The Oxford Companion to Architecture is a new reference book on a popular and much-debated subject. It contains more than 1,500 A-Z entries covering all aspects of architecture, from architects, building types and movements and styles to materials, aspects of design and definitions. It is particularly strong in its coverage of architecture around the world and of modern and vernacular architecture.

Resulting from a collaboration with Nancy Deihl and Lourdes Font of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Grove Art Online has been updated with new content focusing on fashion as a visual art, with an eye on women's fashion, high fashion and the work of individual designers. This core of essential entries on fashion offers more than 100 new and revised articles and 160-plus new images.

Within the database, Grove's newest Thematic Guide leads users through its fashion content, providing a view through the "lens of economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, semiotics and other disciplines as well as the history of art and design."

New articles include such topics as: Fashion: origins and development; Fashion and Technology; Fashion: Categories of Design; Christian Dior; Mary Quant; Callot Soeurs; and Azzendine Alaïa. A sampling of the new images available include::

  • Paul Iribe: Les robes de Paul Poiret
  • Jean Paul Caultier: Sketch of designs for men and woman
  • Achille Devéria: 5 Heures du Matin (Woman in an evening dress, after the ball)
  • Vivienne Westwood: Ensemble from the Anglomania collection
  • Yves Saint Laurent: Evening dress from the African collection
  • John Gailliano: Dress (for Christian Dior)

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