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Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO)


Explore old texts in new ways through this interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works from the humanities.
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Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) is a major new publishing initiative from Oxford University Press. Find the complete text of more than 170 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1660, constituting the cornerstone of research in the fields of English Literature, as well as Philosophy, History, and Religion.

Each title presents the full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor, accompanied by the editor’s record of important variations in that text, and interpretative and explanatory notes. Most titles have introductions that not only place the work and the author in a historical context, but also explain the editorial principles and the history of the text.

Mapping new research journeys, connecting works in new ways…

Online publication of these essential scholarly resources facilitates navigation within and between editions, whilst retaining the traditional elements familiar to users of the printed editions. The more flexible online presentation opens up new possibilities for search and comparison, making texts more accessible, cross-searchable and interconnected, than ever before.

OSEO allows you to:

  • Search the complete text of over 170 scholarly editions — browse each text’s editor’s record of important variations, and interpretative and explanatory notes
  • Be assured of authoritative and reliable content with scholarly accreditation, ensuring your interpretations and ideas are based on accurately edited texts
  • Utilise excellent searching and linking facilities to find that obscure quote or a specific chapter, scene or line quickly and easily
  • Access the editions anywhere, anytime — have a consistent research discussion or teach a class across the world because everyone is using the same, trusted edition

The collection is set to grow into a massive virtual library, bringing to life hundreds of scholarly editions of works from all periods up to the 20th century, ultimately including the entirety of Oxford’s distinguished list of authoritative scholarly editions.

Take a TOUR of OSEO!

For more information about Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO), please contact James MacKenzie (458-7058).

For help with any of UNB Libraries’ resources, contact the HIL Research Help Desk in person, by telephone (453-3546), by email, or by Ask Us.

Films On Demand

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Films on Demand offers an extensive online educational video streaming library with:

  • Thousands of high quality educational videos viewable by faculty and students anytime, anywhere;
  • Thousands of fully annotated segments that can be integrated into lectures and presentations with ease;
  • Participating producers include Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, PBS, TED, CBC Television, NFB, Cambridge Educational, The Open University, and many more.

Some highlights of the new service:

  • Playlist creation enabling the assembly of segments from various titles;
  • Unlimited 24/7 access on or off campus for faculty and students;
  • Hundreds of new titles added every year;
  • All programs include Canadian Public Performance rights;
  • Use keywords to search the FOD digital library by title or by segment;
  • Browse the FOD digital library by subject, special collections, related titles and subject tag “clouds”;
  • Closed captioning available on many titles.

Take advantage of the power of digital media in your classrooms, in your assignments, and in Desire2Learn (UNB) or Moodle (STU).

Access Films on Demand.

For more information or a demonstration, contact Marc Bragdon (458-7741).

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SocINDEX With Full Text

SOCIndex with Full Text

A NEW research database in UNB Libraries’ collection, SocINDEX with Full Text offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.

SocINDEX provides access to:

  • 890 full-text journals dating back to 1908
  • 850 full-text books
  • 16,800 conference papers
  • abstracts for more than 1,300 core journals dating back to 1985

View a list of fulltext journal included in SocINDEX that includes coverage dates.

For more information about SocINDEX with Full Text, please contact Barry Cull, Sociology Librarian, (458-7057); for more resources relevant to studies in Sociology, please consult UNB Libraries’ Sociology Guides.

For help with any of UNB Libraries’ resources, visit or call the HIL Research Help Desk (453-3546), email, or Ask Us.

Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection

Children's Literature CollectionThe Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection is the largest research collection of its kind in Atlantic Canada. UNBF librarian, Sue Fisher, is the Curator of this collection.

In her blog, Mouse-traps and the Moon, Sue showcases material from the collection, reviews books, discusses key issues in the field of children’s literature and provides lists of great books for children and young adults alike.

Link to Sue’s blog today at: //

Government Documents, Data & Maps

Government Documents UNB Libraries has actively drawn together three major collections which reflect the work typically undertaken by governments and major international, intergovernmental organizations.

If you’re in need of government information visit the Government Documents website or drop by their Service Desk located on the 3rd floor of the Harriet Irving Library.

Open Access Week 2010: October 18-24

Open Access Week LogoThe purpose of Open Access Week is to raise awareness of the benefits of Open Access and to create an opportunity for discussion about issues related to Open Access.

What is Open Access? It is the literature resulting from scholarly work that can be accessed online and without a payment from the reader or the reader’s institution. Open Access journal articles can still be peer-reviewed and of the same quality as articles from journals which charge a fee. Open Access resources are important as they allow for greater access by researchers around the world.

Watch this short video for a quick explanation of how Open Access works, and then check out the resources below.

Open Access at UNB

The following Open Access resources were created right here at UNB by the library’s Electronic Text Centre and are now enjoyed by researchers from around the world—for free:

More Open Access Resources

You’ll also find these and other Open Access resources through the UNB Libraries website:

  • Atlas of Canada – Natural Resources Canada. Free geographic information including maps focused on the environment, topographic maps, freshwater maps, and historical maps.
  • BioMed Central – An Open Access publisher of 206 peer-reviewed journals, from AIDS Research and Therapy to World of Surgical Oncology.
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia – Includes The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Full-text free resource on Canadian people, issues, and events.
  • CIA World Factbook – Flags and maps of the world, political maps, and information on “266 world entities.”
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online – Biographies of people who helped shape our nation.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – This searchable directory includes over 5500 scientific and scholarly Open Access journals.
  • Health Encyclopedia – Drexel University College of Medicine produces this Open Access Health Encyclopedia searchable by symptom, disease, and more.
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy – Intended for healthcare professionals. Photographs, audio, and video materials as well as podcasts and text material.
  • The Merck Manual of Medical Information – Second Home Edition – for patients and caregivers.
  • Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection – A collection of maps mostly in the public domain and free to use and copy, including maps of current interest (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan flood) and historical maps.
  • PubMed Central – Archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. All articles in the database are free.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Contains updated, peer-reviewed entries about philosophy, including people, movements, theories, and more.
  • Theses Canada Portal – Use this portal to find theses in Library and Archives Canada’s theses collection, many of which are available online.

Additional Information and Resources

Check out the following articles, videos, and directories to learn more about Open Access:

The Loyalist Collection

Loyalist Collection The Harriet Irving Library at UNB contains a repository of Loyalist resources that is unique in Canada.

The Loyalist Collection is a special collection of microfilm of British, North American Colonial, and early Canadian primary sources from approx. 1760-1867. The chief focus being the American Revolution and the early period of Loyalist settlement in British North America.

Like to learn more? To access loyalist resources click // or, if you’re visiting the Harriet Irving Library, drop by the Microform Department on the 3rd floor for more assistance.

Film Collection

Film CollectionUNB Libraries has a wide variety of documentary and feature films collected to enhance the teaching and research objectives of our faculty.

Like to learn more about our film collection? Click // to visit the web page or, if you’re in the Harriet Irving Library, browse the films located on the first floor, past the main stairwell.

Films marked in the UNB Libraries catalogue with the location WCL-VIDEO are part of the growing collection of films available at the Ward Chipman Library on the Saint John campus. If you’d like to browse this collection, you’ll find it at the end of the hallway by the washrooms on the second floor of the Ward Chipman Library.

Need help locating films? Contact/drop by the Research Help Desk for assistance.