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IGI Global and Edward Elgar Publishing continue to produce impressive major reference titles within their respective areas of expertise.   With 22 new titles from IGI Global and 311 from Edward Elgar, Reference Universe: 1975-2019 has increased its core introductory content in law, economics, environmental policy, and information technology. These additions bring the total number of IGI Global Major Reference Works in Reference Universe to 506 and 1315 from Edward Elgar.   See the full list of recently added Edward Elgar Publishing titles here.  See the full list of recently added IGI Global... Read All
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Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world (1534) and continues to produce high quality scholarly publications in all research areas. Paratext added 631 additional Major Reference Works, including the famed Cambridge Histories to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2018. You can view the full list of the recently added Cambridge University Press titles, here. Read All
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Paratext celebrates 25 years of research database applications. “When Paratext began, the most significant 'disruption' came with the industry-wide pre-occupation with CD-ROM as a storage/delivery medium. At the time, CDs were rapidly replacing print and microfiche as the preferred delivery mechanism for large-volume research content,” according to Eric Calaluca, Paratext founder. “The expectation that CD publishing would lower costs was quickly dispelled. In addition to data conversion and editorial costs, CD distribution required publishers to develop in-house search and retrieval software, or license it on a royalty-basis from third-parties, often with substantial up-front development expenses... Read All
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  Paratext has reached an agreement to integrate Reference Universe: 1975-2018 metadata into EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). This means your patrons will soon be able to fully explore the contents of your major reference collection in detail via EDS — while practitioners, instruction librarians, and advanced users also retain access to the native Reference Universe interface. Based on recent surveys of our customers, this was the single most-desired enhancement, and offers librarians and patrons the best of both worlds.    According to Eric M. Calaluca, CEO of Paratext, “Library discovery... Read All
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IGI Global is a leading international academic reference publisher in information science, business science, medical information science and engineering science. This week, Paratext added more than 270 additional Major Reference Works, with an emphasis on IGI Global’s contributions to STEM studies, to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2017. This new addition of nearly 16,000 article level links to the 273 most recent IGI Global Major Reference titles brings the total IGI Global profile to 484 titles within Reference Universe. The full list can... Read All
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Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world (1534) and continues to produce high quality scholarly publications in all research areas. Paratext added 700 additional Major Reference Works, including the famed Cambridge Histories to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2017. The full list can be found at the Paratext Commons, the new authenticated information portal for library practitioners.     Read All
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Elsevier remains one of the world’s leading providers in science, health, and technology discoveries. In conjunction with the efforts of Elsevier, Reference Universe: 1975-2017 aims to provide researchers with the most current, introductory works of today. With that in mind, Paratext has enhanced the Elsevier profile in Reference Universe with an additional 12,000 article level links to 257 new Elsevier major reference titles. The recent titles cover a wide range of STEM materials, including Neuroscience; Exercise Science; Psychiatry; and Geology. Links to full-text STEM reference, along with unequaled metadata to... Read All
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  Oxford University Press remains at the vanguard of authoritative and creative major reference publishing.    As such, it has established a singular profile within Paratext’s Reference Universe, the unified online resource for searching; augmenting; weeding; and utilizing Major Reference Works.  This week, Paratext has supplemented the OUP profile with an additional 1.7 million article level links to 263 new Oxford Major Reference titles. 555 reference titles from OUP are now linked via Reference Universe. Recent Major titles covered a broad range of topics, including Media; Philosophy; Archaeology; Medicine; Ecology... Read All
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Your Major Reference Collection contains unique data. The benefits are for all researchers, but particularly for advanced and graduate students looking to refine theses topics.  In order to expand the value of this more expanded query, Paratext has launched a redesigned Reference Universe with enhanced features, most specifically a See Similar Titles feature, using proximity of Library of Congress Classification to reveal titles otherwise missed.     This is a feature our library customers have been seeking, and we're happy we can share it with our Reference Universe libraries. Serendipity... Read All
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        New Inventory and Analysis Tools for your Major Reference Works Many library administrators are being pressed to inventory, relocate and/or weed their collection of Major Reference Works. But these expensive, non-circulating titles present a unique challenge. Where to start?   The Reference Universe Collection Analysis module is now online--an extension of Paratext’s Reference Universe Usage Platform. This new module allows you to: Assess the coverage of your e-Reference titles with that of your legacy print collection. Compare MRW holdings with peer and other institutions. Align your MRW collection more closely with the emerging... Read All
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“Two databases for identifying initial overview articles deserve particular emphasis, Reference Universe and Web of Science. (pg. 2) Thomas Mann spent more than 30 years as a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, acquiring unparalleled skills in helping researchers discover new connections, pathways and higher-quality resources. The latest edition (May 2015) of his Oxford Guide to Library Research  is the best overview of major research resources, both print and electronic, that are not freely accessible on the web, but which are still freely available through real libraries. Paratext’s Reference Universe 1975-2016 (pp. 2-11);19th Century Masterfile 1106-1930 (pp... Read All
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Paratext is pleased to announce our new Resource Usage Platform. You can measure statistics on terms, titles found, most popular queries, and which data sources are being utilized. The platform is available for 19th Century Masterfile, Public Documents Masterfile, and Reference Universe. Observe how your reference collection is being utilized: Discover how e-resources and print usage compares. Use for deeper analysis for coordinating research programs and objectives. Use interactive graphs and charts to drill down to title level statistics. Adjust the time frame and track changes in the search. Identify searchers coming from your institutional IP address or by... Read All
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Paratext is pleased to announce that 754 Gale Virtual Reference LibraryTM  titles, totalling 2.6 Million new article and index-level links, have been added to Reference Universe. This includes new titles and new editions to existing Major Reference Works, bringing the total participation in Reference Universe to 2335 GVRL titles. Reference Universe has been designed to bring the best tertiary sources to the forefront, and GVRL,  is the most heavily used e-book platform in Reference Universe. Here is a sample of titles from the recent addition: About Gale Virtual Reference Library GVRL is part of... Read All
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IGI Global and Paratext announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 150 IGI Global reference titles are now accessible via Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Reference Universe is the only database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of major reference works. All of IGI Global’s current works, including encyclopedias, multi-volume book collections, as well as single and two-volume handbooks of research, will now be accessible. Read All
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 Paratext announces that thousands of links to nearly 400 Major Reference Works from Cambridge Books Online will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Cambridge University Press’ coverage of all disciplines, at the highest scholarly level, further enhances the mission of Reference Universe, bringing the finest introductory content into the hands of researchers. Read the full press release here. Read All
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SAGE and Paratext are pleased to announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 400 SAGE Reference titles have been integrated into theReference Universe service These award-winning titles join the nearly 45,000 represented within Reference Universe, the only research database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of Major Reference Works. Read the full press release here. Read All
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A new profile of Paratext and its founder, Eric Calaluca, has been published in Against the Grain, a leading resource for the academic information community. Read the full profile here. Read All
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Paratext is proud to announce that thousands of links to nearly 250 Major Reference Works from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide foundational content that gives cross-disciplinary perspective to researchers, librarians, teachers and students worldwide. “Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide reliable and rigorous foundational content to undergraduate, advanced, and post-doctoral level researchers,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of the Science Technology Books division of Elsevier. “Paratext’s Reference Universe provides a unique contribution within the research process by making this... Read All
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As you may already know, access to Oxford’s sizeable collection of online reference titles recently underwent some changes. The Oxford Reference Online and Oxford Digital Reference collections were combined into one platform – Oxford Reference to make for a more intuitive research experience for users. Even better, over 200 of these valuable online reference titles are included in Reference Universe, enabling even greater discovery of the articles your patrons need to perform quality introductory research into a wide array of subjects. To give you just a taste of the... Read All
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The way your library users have been doing research has been changing for some time. You see it every day, eBooks are becoming dominant in modern search habits. Reference Universe remains the only collection level discovery resource focused specifically on Major Reference Works.  Enriched metadata for over 10,000 Electronic Reference titles as well as over 30,000 of your library’s legacy print holdings are now online. With new, larger eBook icons incorporated into Reference Universe, it’s easier than ever to distinguish eBook results from print and quickly pinpoint the titles from your favorite publishers... Read All
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Content for new Major Reference titles from Gale, Oxford and Blackwell will soon be added to Reference Universe. This new update adds over 170 new titles–with deep analytics for E-versions as well as their print equivalents.  This includes resources from Gale Virtual Reference Library,Wiley Online Library and Oxford Reference.  Over 45,000 titles are now part of the proprietary Reference Universe bibliography. Included in this addition is the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which offers over 58,000biographies of the most influential British people in... Read All
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The best way to promote authoritative reference in your library is to make it easy for your patrons to find and use Reference Universe. An additional way to achieve this is now available to all customers ofEBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Reference Universe. An increasing number of Reference Universe libraries are integrating the exhaustive corpus of Reference Universe content with EDS via theirOptional Integrated Federation. This integration is the best of both worlds–the rich resources of Reference Universe visible simultaneous with the broader search parameters of... Read All
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Reference Universe has now expanded to include even more titles from Credo Reference. This most recent update, which brings in 160 additional Credo Reference titles, includes leading publishers such as SAGE UK, Princeton University Press and Elsevier. Credo’s General Reference is a multi-disciplinary database focused on the most popular academic research subjects.  These authoritative reference resources cover history, medical information, science, technology, social and cultural disciplines and much more. With this new update, Credo’s total representation in Reference Universe stands at more than 500 titles, with additions to... Read All
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Detailed data to over 40 Major Reference Works from Taylor & Francis have just been integrated into Reference Universe. This major enhancement, covering works predominantly in science and technology,  includes links to the E-editions at Taylor & Francis Online, as well as the corresponding data for detailed analysis of the print editions. Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher with a reputation for exceptional scientific publications going back over 200 years. A sample of these new titles now searchable within Reference Universe include: Encyclopedia of Animal Science, 2011 Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop... Read All
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Over 80 new titles from Oxford University Press and Wiley now join the almost 45,000 reference titles now more accessible through Reference Universe. The most comprehensive resource for greater discovery of authoritative reference works just keeps growing. The new titles now included cover a range of subjects. Current customers will now have greater access to: Encyclopedia of Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Drug Metabolism and Interactions, Wiley The Encyclopedia of War, Blackwell Publishing The Oxford Companion to Architecture, Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, Wiley Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Oxford... Read All
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Paratext is honored to announce that Reference Universe has been chosen as one of the CHOICEOutstanding Academic Titles of 2012. Reference Universe is one of the select few titles chosen out of the over 7,000 that were reviewed by CHOICE in 2011 to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship and the significance of their contribution to the field. According to CHOICE, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles including: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book... Read All
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Reference Universe customers subscribing to the Wiley Online Library will now find 82 new titles from this invaluable resource included in Reference Universe. The Wiley Online Library brings many of the quality resources Wiley-Blackwell has long been known for into an easy to use online platform. The award-winning reference content included in the Wiley Online Library covers life, health, social and physical sciences, and the humanities. As one of the world’s most extensive multi-disciplinary collections of online reference resources, its inclusion in Reference Universecontributes to Paratext’s ongoing goal... Read All
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Paratext is pleased to announce that detailed metadata from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online from Oxford University Press are now integrated into Reference Universe. Many current Reference Universe libraries tell us that these titles are among the most heavily used within their library. Their inclusion within Reference Universe ensures increased accessibility to some of the most authoritative articles on art and music available. Grove Art Online initially grew out of the landmark 34-volume print title the Dictionary of Art, containing comprehensive coverage of Western and non-Western art... Read All
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Between her blog No Shelf Required and her book of the same name, Sue Polanka of Wright State University has been helping librarians understand the growing shift towards e-books and embrace the opportunities they present within traditional collection development activities. Her most recent contribution on the subject, E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts has just been released by IGI Publishing. It brings together the ideas of librarians, publishers and other industry professionals on different ways for libraries to adapt and innovate using the new technology. Paratext’s own Eric Calaluca... Read All
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The Reference Universe Administrative Module is now available!  In response to our most common request from users, the Administrative Module will greatly simplify the update process in Reference Universe. Reference Universe users can now: Immediately make additions/deletions to your Reference Universe profile as new titles are added to or weeded from your collection Keep up to date on reference titles your library may not yet have Easily access your Reference Universe usage statistics Find tips for promoting Reference Universe in your library If you are a... Read All
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Your library may be considering (or have already acquired) a new ‘discovery service’ for your library to simplify searching and open up your content.  That’s good.  Wouldn’t it be better to also see your reference collection represented in these services with the kind of detail you now see within Reference Universe? Paratext is pleased to announce that some integration has already taken place, and more is to come. There are two ways to integrate Reference Universe content into your discovery service: Federated Search Option Integrated into the service&rsquo... Read All
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Paratext is pleased to announce that all of the reference works from the Sharpe Online Referencecollection have been added to the nearly 50,000 scholarly subject encyclopedias and other scholarly reference titles accessible via the Reference Universe service. Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR) includes the titles that make up the U.S. and Global History and Culture collections.  SOLR brings together award-wining subject coverage, the convenience and flexibility of online research and a fresh new approach to digital content ownership. Diana McDermott, Vice-President and Director of Marketing and Sales for SOLR, says “We... Read All
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This month’s issue of CHOICE includes a new review of Paratext’s Reference Universe service. CHOICE magazine is one of the most valuable and respected resources for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. More than 35,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers turn to CHOICE magazine to help make collection development decisions According to CHOICE, “Reference Universe allows for discovery and rediscovery of worthy and outstanding content in reference collections that might otherwise be missed” and is “Highly Recommended... Read All
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Paratext announces that thousands of links to more than 125 major reference works on Wiley Online Library will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Wiley Online Library, launched last summer, is one of the world’s most extensive multidisciplinary collections of online resources, covering life, health, social and physical sciences, and humanities.  Wiley’s electronic reference program provides access to the peer-reviewed, award-winning content published by Wiley-Blackwell, including Wiley-VCH. Over 125 reference works deliver the benchmarks of scientific and scholarly reference across a range of subjects. Eileen Dolan, Director of Market Development... Read All