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Can I print text from OSO?

Can I save chapters to PDF from OSO?

How much material can I  print/save to PDF from OSO?

One of the cross-reference links in the text doesn't work

I am having problems with searching

The book I'm viewing has no chapter abstracts or keywords

How can I find out which new titles are being added to OSO?

Where are the footnotes and endnotes?

There is a book which I would like to see available on OSO

Can I follow links from OSO to other online resources?

I've spotted an error in the text

Is OSO OpenURL-compliant?

Does OSO make use of digital object identifiers (DOIs)?

Does OSO provide MARC records for subscribing institutions?

Can I receive email alerts regarding news and updates to OSO?

I purchased all the regular updates for 2010/11 but don’t have access to a monograph that has an upload date of Jan-2011. Why is this?

I don’t have access to a book from the additional content enhancement; how do I get access?

 

Can I print text from OSO?

Yes. You can print content from OSO by HTML page unit – each is the equivalent of five print pages. To print any page from the OSO site, simply use the Printer Friendly button in the upper-right area of the page. A preview window will appear with the correctly formatted pages, minus the site navigation components. Please note that restrictions apply – see below for guidelines on legal printing and copyright.

 

Can I save chapters to PDF from OSO?

Yes. You can print or save individual chapters to PDF from OSO. To generate a PDF of an individual chapter, simply click on the Full Chapter PDF icon in the upper right of the page. You can then save or print the PDF as required. Please note that copyright restrictions apply – please see below for guidelines.

 

How much material can I print/save to PDF from OSO?

You are restricted by copyright to the amount of information that you can print or download. It is very important that you read the Legal Notice, which includes information on printing and downloading to PDF, before printing or downloading anything from OSO.

 

One of the cross-reference links in the text doesn't work

If a cross-reference link in the text isn't working, please contact us. We will reload as quickly as possible, but no later than the next scheduled update.

 

I am having problems with searching

Try looking at our online Help file which gives you lots of information about searching as well as tips on how to avoid common problems. It might be that you need to use a different type of search, or perhaps alter your search term to either cast your net more widely if you have too few results, or narrow your search if you've got too many results.

 

The book I'm viewing has no chapter abstracts or keywords

Some abstracts and keywords are not yet supplied. They will be uploaded to the site at regular intervals. The vast majority of titles on the site have abstracts and keywords.

 

How can I find out which new titles are being added to OSO?

We will post lists of recently-added titles to each subject 'home page' as well as to our What's New page. You can also sign up for a regular, free e-mail alert containing new titles and other site news.

 

Where are the footnotes and endnotes?

Please refer to Help which explains how  to display footnotes and endnotes. In most cases the footnote numbers are live links in the text.

 

There is a book which I would like to see available on OSO

Please contact us with your suggestion. We will be uploading new titles to the site every three months. Most will be new current titles, but we will be adding some backlist titles too.

 

Can I follow links from OSO to other online resources?

Links from OSO bibliographies and references to other online resources are increasingly 'live links'. Clicking on the link will take you to a page describing the external resource that OSO has identified. If you or your institution has full text online access to this resource you will be able to view the resource. Please note that this system does not appear if your institution uses an OpenURL resolver such as SFX or LinkFinder Plus. In such cases you will see your institution's preferred links on bibliographic pages.

 

I've spotted an error in the text

If you notice an error in the text, please contact us. We will correct the error as quickly as possible, but no later than the next scheduled update.

 

Is OSO OpenURL-compliant?

Yes, OSO is compliant with version 0.1 of the OpenURL specification. To enable this feature in your institution, please access your account information in Subscriber Services. OSO also now supports the selection of custom OpenURL resolver icons. Also note that OSO is integrated with Ex Libris' SFX Knowledge Base ensuring that the site operates as both a source and target for OpenURL.

 

Does OSO make use of digital object identifiers (DOIs)?

Yes, OSO uses digital object identifiers (DOIs) extensively throughout the site. You'll see them on a table of contents page as well as at the foot of every chapter page - for example: doi: 10.1093/0198296983.001.0001. The DOI is the best way of citing and linking to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon initial electronic publication. The DOI will never change. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document. The correct format for citing a DOI is as follows: doi:10.1093/0198296983.001.0001 When adding links to reading lists, first locate the DOI from the foot of the Table of Contents or chapter page of a book. The International DOI Foundation provides a service at http://dx.doi.org enabling users to create a URL from a DOI simply by adding this site address and the DOI together, as with this example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296983.001.0001 For more information on these features please contact Customer Services through Subscriber Services. The DOI scheme is administered by the International DOI Foundation. Many of the world's leading learned publishers have come together to build a DOI-based linking scheme known as CrossRef.

 

Does OSO provide MARC records for subscribing institutions?

Machine Readable Cataloguing records (MARC21 records) are available for library professionals to download. Although MARC21-compliant, these records are not NCA level and are not recommended as a replacement for your existing print record. However, the records do provide additional electronic resource information for the titles in OSO and can be used to supplement existing print records. Where no print record exists these records will require editing to bring them up to full cataloguing standards. Click on the appropriate link on our MARC records page to download a MARC21 format file (.mrc) containing records of books published in the latest content update, or of all the books currently published in OSO. Please note that you will require MARC record reader software to load these files to your library system.

 

Can I receive email alerts regarding news and updates to OSO?

As well as posting lists of recently-added titles to our What's New page, you can also sign up for a regular, free e-mail alert containing new titles and other site news.

I purchased all the regular updates for 2010/11 but don’t have access to a monograph that has an upload date of Jan-2011. Why is this?

This title was actually part of the enhancement upload and not part of the regular January content update (which this year was loaded in February 2011). If you want access to this content, you will either need to purchase the enhancement upload, or subscribe. You will have access to anything with an upload date of February 2011, as this is when the regular content update happened.

 

I don’t have access to a book from the additional content enhancement; how do I get access?

Please ask your librarian to contact their sales representative or our offices at

Customers in North & South America
Online Products Department
Oxford University Press
Email: oxfordonline@oup.com
Phone: 800-334-4249 ext 6484

Customers outside North & South America
Online Products Department
Oxford University Press
Email: onlineproducts@oup.com
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 353308

 

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