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Use Oxford Bibliographies Online

Learn how to navigate and make use of Oxford Bibliographies Online.

About Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online offers exclusive, authoritative research guides combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. This resource includes bibliography citations for books, journals and articles, web resources, multimedia, and primary source documents.

The library currently subscribes to the Islamic Studies, Medieval Studies, and Military History bibliography collections.

Browse and Search

There are a number of ways you can locate bibliographies useful for your topic in OBO:

  1. Choose a topic from the alphabetical list.

  2. These will generally be fairly broad, covering time periods (ex: American Colonial Wars), a single war (ex: Chinese Civil War), an individual (ex: Carl von Clausewitz) or even topics like Armored War.

    Oxford Bibliographies alphabetical list


  3. Use the search box at the top of the page to search the full text of all the bibliographies.

  4. Here are the results for a search on Eisenhower. There are tabs in the results list to move between full articles/bibliographies and single citations. Under the citations tab, the search results do not take you directly to that section of the bibliography/article, so note which section it occurs in so you can navigate to it easily.

    Oxford Bibliographies search results


  5. Use the Advanced Search if you would like to be more specific.

  6. Drop-down menus allow searching in places other than the full-text (article title, article author, citation title, citation author, or sub-heading) and you can also refine your results to only include certain content types.

    Oxford Bibliographies advanced search form

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