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Oxford University Press Launches New Online Resources

Oxford University Press (OUP; has released the online edition of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome ( in partnership with Semantico Ltd. (, a provider of services and technology for online publishing. With more than 1,100 articles, the encyclopedia covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries.

The encyclopedia forms part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (, the online collection of Oxford's scholarly reference titles. The Oxford Digital Reference Shelf is a unique online publishing platform designed by Semantico, featuring a production interface built on the Semantico Information Publishing Platform (SIPP). This software creates the opportunity for OUP to provide flexible purchase options allowing existing Oxford Reference Online ( customers to add titles to their collection whilst also enabling the purchase of individual titles.

OUP has also launched Oxford Bibliographies Online-a series of intuitive and easy-to-use "ultimate reading lists." OUP's first online-only product goes beyond search algorithms to present bibliographies in several disciplines selected by leading subject experts and vetted by the highest professional standards.

The product launched with modules on Classics, Islamic Studies, Criminology and Social Work, with an additional 10-12 subject area modules scheduled to launch within the next year. Forthcoming modules in May 2010 include Atlantic History, Renaissance & Reformation, and Philosophy. Every module is overseen by a subject-area expert editor-in-chief and editorial board.

Each entry receives multiple peer reviews and board vetting. Each individual entry provides expert recommendations through key literature on a specialized sub-topic. It features an annotated bibliography broken into subsections, each preceded by context-setting text introducing the entries that follow.

Source: Oxford University Press

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