Oxford Online Islamic Studies Bibliography Maker

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions for Oxford Bibliographies – if you have a question that is not on this list, please contact us at obomarketing@oup.com.

Content Questions

1. Are all the citations on the site for Oxford University Press content?
2. Is Oxford University Press content given preference in any way by contributors?
3. How do you choose which subject areas to cover? Can I suggest a subject?
4. How do you ensure that articles are unbiased?
5. How do you choose who gets to write the articles?
6. How do you choose what topics to have articles on?
7. Do the articles go through a review process to ensure that they are objective?
8. Are the citations for books only?
9. Does Oxford Bibliographies contain citations for content in languages other than English?
10. What citation style is used in the articles?
11. When an important new work comes out, will the article be updated to include it?


Subscription Questions

1. How do I subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies?
2. What does my subscription to Oxford Bibliographies include?
3. Is perpetual access available for Oxford Bibliographies?
4. Is it possible to sign up for a free trial?
5. Are discounts available for consortia members?


Access Questions

1. I was given a gratis username and password to access the site, but i don't see where to log in.
2. I cannot access my subscription through Oxford Bibliographies, but I am sure I have a subscription.
3. Is remote access available?
4. Is library card access available?
5. I have forgotten my user name and password.
6. I have an active subscription, so why do I get an error message when I attempt to log in?


Technical Questions

1. Do boolean operators and other search helpers work?
2. With which browsers is Oxford Bibliographies compatible?
3. Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?
4. Is Oxford Bibliographies OpenURL compliant?
5. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL from Oxford Bibliographies?
6. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to Oxford Bibliographies?
7. Can I add my library's logo to Oxford Bibliographies?
8. What is your policy on third party data mining?


Subscriber Services

1. Are usage statistics available?
2. How do I access my institution's usage statistics?
3. How can I view or update my subscription record?
4. Do you supply MARC records?


Content Questions

1. Are all the citations on the site for Oxford University Press content?

No, contributors provide a definitive guide to the most important information sources on a given topic regardless of who has produced or published the content.

2. Is Oxford University Press content given preference in any way by contributors?

No, absolutely not. Contributors give no preference to materials published by Oxford University Press. They are commissioned to provide an even-handed, authoritative overview of the most important resources in their area of expertise.

3. How do you choose which subject areas to cover? Can I suggest a subject?

No single criterion is used to determine which subject areas we will cover. We welcome your suggestions. You can contact an editor at oxfordbibliographies@oup.com

4. How do you ensure that articles are unbiased?

We employ a system of rigorous peer review to ensure that all articles are accurate and balanced.

5. How do you choose who gets to write the articles?

Contributors are invited to participate based on recommendations by the Editor in Chief of the subject module. If you are interested in contributing an article please email us a note with your name, the subject module you would like to contribute to, and the article topic you would like to propose.

6. How do you choose what topics to have articles on?

The Editor in Chief and Editorial Board work together to develop a complete list of articles to be covered by the subject module. The list is not set in stone, and we welcome suggestions.

7. Do the articles go through a review process to ensure that they are objective?

All articles are carefully reviewed by outside scholars and the Editorial Board to confirm that they are accurate and even-handed. To ensure objectivity, this process is single-blind.

8. Are the citations for books only?

Articles cite reliable resources in all formats. Many books are cited because of their traditional role as one of the primary vehicles for scholarly communication, but a broad range of more recent online sources are cited as well, including digital archives, datasets, electronic encyclopedias, and many other online sources.

9. Does Oxford Bibliographies contain citations for content in languages other than English?

Yes, as appropriate. Contributors are encouraged to give an accurate account of the important scholarship, including works in languages other than English when they are relevant. If a reliable English translation exists, it will be mentioned in the annotation, but this is not a prerequisite for inclusion.

10. What citation style is used in the articles?

We use two styles based on the Chicago Manual of Style: one for scientific topics and other for humanities scholarship.

11. When an important new work comes out, will the article be updated to include it?

New works will be included once they have been thoroughly vetted and their relevance has been assessed by the article author and the Editorial Board.


Subscription Questions

1. How do I subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies?

Oxford Bibliographies is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions worldwide. Prices are based on the size and type of institution. Click here to find out how to subscribe.

2. What does my subscription to Oxford Bibliographies include?

A subscription to Oxford Bibliographies includes complete access to all chosen subject areas. Institutions and individuals worldwide can get full access to all Oxford Bibliographies content or have a selective subscription to those subjects most applicable to their research needs. In that case, only those subject areas will be included in the subscription. Please contact us for more information regarding subscriptions and price inquiries.

3. Is perpetual access available for Oxford Bibliographies?

Yes.Oxford Bibliographies is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions worldwide.

4. Is it possible to sign up for a free trial?

Yes. We are pleased to offer FREE 30-day trials of all Oxford Online products to institutions including universities, colleges, libraries, corporations, and schools.

Institutions in North & South America:click here to register for your trial or contact us at oxfordonline@oup.com

Institutions outside of North & South America: click here to register for your trial or contact us at institutionalsales@oup.com

Please contact us with questions or to request more information.

5. Are discounts available for consortia members?

Yes, we do offer discounts for consortia members. To make a price inquire or find out more information regarding subscriptions or free trials please contact us.


Access Questions

1. I was given a gratis username and password to access the site, but I don't see where to log in.

If you do not see a section on the left side of the homepage to enter these login details, it is likely that your institution already subscribes to at least some subjects in Oxford Bibliographies. You can still use your gratis password to access the full suite of available subject areas by visiting this subscriber login page. If you have persistent problems with a gratis password, please feel free to contact us.

2. I cannot access my subscription through Oxford Bibliographies, but I am sure I have a subscription.

If you cannot access your subscription or are having trouble logging onto Oxford Bibliographies please contact a customer service representative for immediate assistance.

3. Is remote access available?

Remote or off-site access is available to all institutional subscribers at no additional cost. For further assistance setting up remote access, please contact us.

4. Is library card access available?

Libraries have the option to allow patrons to access the site using their library barcode. Please have your librarian or administrator contact us for further details on setting up library card access.

5. I have forgotten my user name and password.

If you have forgotten your user name or password please contact a customer service representative for immediate assistance.

6. I have an active subscription, so why do I get an error message when I attempt to log in?

Try your user name and password again making sure the Caps Lock is turned off. If your log in information is still not working it may be that your subscription has expired or a technical difficulty is preventing you from logging on. Please contact a customer service representative for immediate assistance.


Technical Questions

1. Do boolean operators and other search helpers work?

Yes. Common searching commands, such as double quotes or parentheses around search terms, */? wildcards, and Boolean operators AND/OR/NOT/NEAR, all work in Oxford Bibliographies. Please see the Site Help page for more information.

2. With which browsers is Oxford Bibliographies compatible?

The site should be accessible to general users using most current and many legacy browsers. Oxford Bibliographies is specifically tested and designed for correct display and function on the following browsers:

  • IE8
  • IE7
  • Firefox 3
  • Firefox 2
  • Safari 3

Pages will also display on other browsers. Please feel free to contact us if you have a specific browser or platform question.

3. Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?

The site is designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase.

4. Is Oxford Bibliographies OpenURL compliant?

Yes, the site is compliant with version 0.1 of the OpenURL specification. To enable this feature for your institution, please access your account information in Subscriber Services. Your institution will need to have an OpenURL resolver.

5. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL from Oxford Bibliographies?

oup:obo

6. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to Oxford Bibliographies?

Librarians can add their library's OpenURL resolver via Subscriber Services. Your OpenURL resolver logo should be a maximum size of 19 pixels high x 55 pixels wide.

7. Can I add my library's logo to Oxford Bibliographies?

Yes, librarians can add their library's logo to the site footer to identify that the institution is providing access to the users. Your logo can be added via Subscriber Services.

8. What is your policy on third party data mining?

Oxford University Press recognizes the research benefit of Text and Data Mining (TDM) across a variety of research fields. As such, we are happy to accommodate TDM for non-commercial use. Researchers are not required to request permission for non-commercial text-mining, but if you have any, questions please e-mail Data.Mining@oup.com.


Subscriber Services

1. Are usage statistics available?

Yes, we provide COUNTER statistics for institutional subscribers.

2. How do I access my institution's usage statistics?

Please visit Subscriber Services for more information.

3. How can I view or update my subscription record?

To view or update your subscription information use your adminstrator username and password to sign into our Account Management System and access your subscription.

4. Do you supply MARC records?

A Machine Readable Cataloguing record (MARC21 record) is available for library professionals to download. Although MARC21-compliant, this record is not NCA level and is not recommended as a replacement for your existing print record.

Visit Subscriber Services to download a MARC21 format file (.mrc) at both the article level and subject module level. Please note that you will require MARC record reader software to load this file to your library system.

Frequently Asked Questions

General content questions
Subscription questions
Access questions
Technical questions
Subscriber Services

1. What are the aims and scope of Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is a comprehensive reference center designed to disseminate authoritative, balanced scholarship from a global perspective and provide a source of timely, reliable, and accessible information on the history, peoples, beliefs, individuals, and cultures that constitute the world of Islam. The content is structured with a breadth and depth that will benefit students, specialists, faculty and outreach professionals, scholars in a variety of disciplines, researchers at governmental and non-governmental organizations, and reference librarians. Find out more about this resource.

2. What content is available on the site?

The site includes the full content of four key scholarly works, two chaptered-works, two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur'an, the first electronic version of the standard Concordance used by English-speaking scholars around the world, and primary source documents. Carefully selected editorial metadata has been applied to the core reference content, which is cross-searchable with images and maps, charts and tables. Special features and tools include timelines, Qur'an Verse Look-up, a Date Converter for Western and Islamic calendar dates, and a Learning Resources section with links to content of particular value for students, teachers, and outreach professionals. Find out more about site content.

3. Are all images from the print sets included online?

We have made every effort to include all images where copyright allows. The display of images online is subject to a different set of copyright regulations than those that apply to print publication. We have included any illustrations where we own the copyright or which have no copyright restrictions and have also obtained a substantial number of permissions to display images online. We will be increasing the number of images through our ongoing editorial update program.

4. How often is Oxford Islamic Studies Online updated?

We will be updating the site three to four times a year with new content and with revisions to existing articles. Updates will include articles from forthcoming print publications as well as a series of special thematic features on topics of current or historical interest commissioned specifically for online publication. The latest thematic Focus On feature will be freely available to all visitors to the site.

5. How can I find out when a new Focus On feature appears?

Focus On features are freely available to all visitors to the site. Sign up now for email alerts, to learn when a new Focus On has been posted.

6. How do I cite articles from Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

Bibliographic citation is provided in Chicago and MLA formats for all content included in the site. A "Cite" button is provided on the tool bar for every entry of the site. Users can also export citations through EndNote™, ReferenceManager™, and ProCite™.

7. How do I submit a comment or correction?

If you have any general or specific comments on the content of an article or find a cross-reference link that is not working properly, please send an email to the editorial staff. You may also use the Contact us form to submit your comments. When providing a comment about a specific article, please provide as much detail as possible and include the URL of the page being referred to by copying and pasting the URL from your browser's address box into your message. Comments will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the next available update.

Subscription questions

8. How do I subscribe to Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

Annual subscriptions are available for schools, libraries and organizations. For complete pricing information or to subscribe, please Contact us. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available for individuals.

9. Is it possible to have a free trial?

Free 30-day trials are available to libraries and institutions considering a subscription. If you are an individual and would like to try out the site, find out if your library or organization already subscribes or would like a free trial. Librarians and administrators can sign up here.

10. Are discounts available to consortia and consortia members?

Special pricing is available for library consortia. For further details, please get in touch with your consortia manager or contact us.

Access questions

11. I cannot access Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

Library administrators
a) Please verify that you have submitted your library's signed subscriber agreement to OUP. All new subscriptions require a signed license agreement on file that has been verified prior to activating service.

b) Please verify that OUP has your library's most current IP address information on file. Administrators may verify account details from Subscriber Services. You will need an administrative login. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative password, you can also update or change this information from Subscriber Services.

c) If your library's IP information has been changed, please contact us to report the new address(es) or to update IP information currently registered.

d) Your library's access may have expired or been placed on hold if OUP has not received your subscription payment or if your free trial has expired. It is customary for OUP to contact subscribers before a renewal/anniversary date or trial expiration. For further assistance, please contact us.

Individual subscribers
e) You have entered an incorrect username or password or no longer have an active subscription. Please contact us.

12. Is remote access available?

Remote or off-site access is available to all institutional subscribers at no additional cost. For further assistance setting up remote access, please contact us.

13. Is library card access available?

Libraries have the option to allow patrons to access the site using their library barcode. Please have your librarian or administrator contact us for further details on setting up library card access.

14. I have forgotten my username and password.

If you are using access information provided by your library, please contact your school's librarian or administrator for library access information. Individual subscribers click here to change or be reminded of your login.

Technical questions

15. With which browsers is the Oxford Islamic Studies Online compatible?

The site should be accessible to general users using a variety of modern browsers but is designed to display and function correctly on the following browsers:

IE7/Windows (optimal browser)
IE6/Windows
Firefox 2/Windows
Firefox 1/Windows
Firefox 2/Macintosh
Firefox 1/Windows
Safari 1/Macintosh

Pages will also display on Netscape 7/Windows, Netscape 7/Macintosh, and Mozilla 1

Displaying Diacritical Marks in Internet Explorer 6

Open the Tools menu and select Internet Options/General tab.

Select the button for “Fonts...” You can retain the Latin display, but need to select change the Web page font to a Unicode font such as Ariel Unicode MS or Lucida Unicode.

Click OK, and then select “Accessibility...”

Under Formatting, check the box “Ignore font styles specified on Web pages” and click OK.

You should now be able to view diacritical marks throughout the site.

16. Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?

The site is designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase.

17. Is Oxford Islamic Studies Online OpenURL compliant?

Yes, the site is compliant with both the 0.1 and 1.0 OpenURL specifications. To enable this feature for your institution, please access your account information in Subscriber Services. Your institution will need to have an OpenURL resolver.

18. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

oup:oiso

19. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

Librarians can add their library's OpenURL resolver via Subscriber Services. Your OpenURL resolver logo should be a maximum size of 19 pixels high x 55 pixels wide.

20. Does Oxford Islamic Studies Online support federated searching?

Yes; the site can currently be accessed by federated search software via HTTP request and supports the method="get" using a base URL of:

http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/search/quick?_fmt=context &_refinePage=%2Fsearch%2Fadvanced_search.jsp&

Followed by text=X where X is your search term. Separate search terms should separated with the .+. sign. For example:
Pillars islam: text=+pillars+islam

21. Can I add the Oxford Islamic Studies Online search box to my site?

Yes; librarians or site administrators who wish to provide a short cut into the site can copy the html text below and paste it into the your own web page. Please note that this search box will only be able to be used by those who have a subscription to the site.

<div style="margin: 20px;">
<form id="searchFormForm" method="get" action="http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/search/quick" style="border:0; padding:0; margin:0;">
<input type="hidden" name="_f:text" value="stext" />
<input type="hidden" name="_fmt" value="context" />
<input type="hidden" name="_refinePage" value="/search/advanced_search.jsp" />
<fieldset style="width:270px; margin-top: 1.5em;">
<legend style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.4em; font-weight: bold;color: #333;padding: 0 0.3em;margin-bottom: 0.5em;">
Search Oxford Islamic Studies</legend>
<input name="text" id="query_field" type="text" value=" "/>
<input type="image" name="search_button" src="http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/images/button-search2.gif" alt="SEARCH" title="SEARCH" style="vertical-align: top;"/>
</fieldset>
</form>
</div>

Subscriber Services

22. Are usage statistics available?

Usage statistics are available on a monthly basis to subscribing institutions and library consortia.

23. How do I access my institution's statistics?

Please visit Subscriber Services. Your administrative login will be required. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative login, please contact us.

24. How can I view or update my subscription record?

Institutions and individuals within North and South America may view or change their subscription details at our account management system. Subscribers outside of North and South America click here.

25. Can I add our insitutional logo on the Oxford Islamic Studies Online site?

Your logo can be displayed to users of your account on appropriate screens within an Oxford online product site. You may also use a "Logo Link" option to activate a hyperlink from your logo image to a specified destination address (e.g. to your library, department or institution home page). To add your logo, use your administrator username and password to log in to our account management system and follow the instructions.

26. Are there MARC Records available?

Marc records are available for most titles from the MARC Records page.

27. How can I view or edit the MARC Records I downloaded from Oxford Islamic Studies Online?

To view or edit our Marc records you will need software which supports MARC21 format, such as MarcEdit, which is free to download at http://oregonstate.edu/~reeset/marcedit/html/.

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