Los Angeles (March 11, 2014) – SAGE and Paratext are pleased to announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 400 SAGE Reference titles have been integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service.
Paratext’s Reference Universe is the only research database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of Major Reference Works. Now, SAGE Reference’s award-winning, authoritative, and interdisciplinary print and online works in the social sciences will be accessible to the students and researchers across the globe who use the Reference Universe service. Continue reading SAGE Reference titles now indexed in Paratext’s Reference Universe
Yesterday, Paratext’s Reference Universe launched several new enhancements to the interface. The enhancements were completed based on suggestions from library clients. For those not familiar with Reference Universe, here is a brief description, taken from the website: Reference Universe includes data not contained in any other service, and is designed to illuminate your library’s carefully-crafted collection at the deepest possible level. It contains dense metadata to over 45,000 electronic and print encyclopedias, unlocking previously overlooked content, expanding the boundaries and opening up new pathways of research.
- Fewer Clicks. Selecting a Title from your results sets will now immediately show all relevant article titles and index entries on a single page; emphasizing the unique metadata found only through Reference Universe.
- Clearer Results. Distinguish between electronic and print titles with one simple click.
- Cleaner View. Enhanced graphics now provide both a cleaner “look” and smoother navigation. Continue reading Paratext’s Reference Universe updates interface
ALDIE, Va., April 3, 2013 — Paratext announces 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. They serve a broad spectrum of scientific, technical and medical disciplines, and routinely win awards for their authoritative and detailed coverage.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Reference Universe, it’s a great little product that indexes the content of reference works. They have thousands of entries and add new content regularly. They announced this week new content from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online. Below is the text from their blog post.
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. Continue reading Reference Universe adds Grove Art and Music titles
From a Paratext press release:
Paratext is pleased to announce that links to the reference works from the Sharpe Online Reference collection have been added to the nearly 50,000 scholarly subject encyclopedias and other reference titles accessible via Reference Universe. 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.
You can find the full press release here. Additional information about Paratext resources can be found at www.paratext.com.
From a Paratext Press Release: 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 LibraryWiley Online Library, launched last summer 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.
You can find the full press release here. Additional information about Paratext resources can be found at www.paratext.com
Paratext announced another new enhancement to the Reference Universe service, namely, you’ll now find your library’s e-reference collections more clearly branded within your library’s Reference Universe query, making it easier for you to focus in on the resources you value the most.
In addition to showing your entire collection in a single view–ebook as well as print–Reference Universe now displays your ebooks based on specific collections, e.g. Oxford’s Digital Reference Shelf; Gale’s Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; SpringerLink; Wiley; Blackwell Reference Online; CQ Researcher; CREDO Reference; etc.
This new display feature will considerably increase the visibility and awareness of these valuable e-resources, helping both improve your patrons’ research experience and ensure that you get the most out of your e-reference subscriptions.
Paratext has integrated thousands of links to more than 150 Major Reference Works from Springer into the Reference Universe service. Paratext’s Reference Universe is the only cross-searchable database that supports article and index-level discovery of major reference works from more than 750 imprints. The service focuses exclusively on subject encyclopedias and scholarly compendia–the authoritative introductory material which research librarians consistently identify as the key starting point for better quality research. All Reference Universe searches are dynamically matched to each library’s existing electronic and print holdings.
Springer’s electronic and print Major Reference Works are the mainstay of specialist research, serving a broad spectrum of scientific, technical and medical disciplines, and routinely winning awards for their authoritative and detailed coverage.
Paratext has made some changes to the interface of Reference Universe. RU is a great discovery tool for print and online reference collections as it provides a searchable index of the entries and TOC of reference sources. Here are some of the changes you’ll see:
- A ‘Location’ snapshot, showing results in both e- and print form instantly.
- New, faceted search options permit refining your query further through LC Subject Headings.
- Modified organization of citation data, resulting in more intuitive use of the database.
- A direct link to the Paratext Support site (www.paratextsupport.com)
- A new Quick Guide to give an overall snapshot of how the service works
- Book covers to give context to the result sets
- The ability to export results sets more quickly.
- A New Introductory page, to encourage users to begin their research through your carefully-selected reference collection. Continue reading New Interface for Reference Universe
Reference Universe, from Paratext, has added links to several popular reference works including:
- full text links to CQ Researcher, 1991- present, over 800 citations
- many new titles in CREDO Reference including over 2 million citations to 389 CREDO Reference titles
- 1000+ titles from Gale’s Virtual Reference Library from 2008-2009 are also being loaded into the system this month, bringing the total number of citations in Reference Universe to more than 25 million
Additionally, Paratext has developed and is testing APIs that send Reference Universe data dynamically to many discovery layers, allowing all your patrons to see the results of a Reference Universe (RU) query alongside your other relevant results. This access has the potential to truly bring your reference collection front and center, while losing none of the benefits of our native search interface. Please contact Eric Calaluca directly for more information on these developments (firstname.lastname@example.org).