For General Users


For Librarian Administrators


Technical and Access Questions


For General Users

What's included in the Oxford Index? Does it contain everything Oxford University Press publishes?

The Oxford Index contains a cross-searchable set of nearly one million “index cards,” each representing a single article, chapter, journal, or book. Index pages display key information (including abstracts and keywords) about an item, helping you to judge the relevance of that content to your research.

The Oxford Index Beta currently includes indexing of:


Does the Oxford Index contain full-text content?

No, the Oxford Index does not include full-text content. It is a search gateway meant to provide users with a robust and free preview of OUP content, along with direct links into full-text content (subscription may be required).


Is there a charge to use the Oxford Index?

No, the Oxford Index is an entirely free service.


What's an index card, and what information does it include?

The Oxford Index contains nearly a quarter of a million index cards, each representing a single piece of content. Index cards display key information (including abstracts and keywords) about an item, helping users judge the relevance of that content to their research. Powered behind the scenes by robust metadata and a standardized taxonomy, index cards provide a wealth of bibliographic data, and more:

  • Article/Chapter Title
  • Author(s)
  • Journal/Book Title
  • Journal/Book Cover Image
  • Society/Publisher Name
  • Editor(s)-in-Chief
  • Date of Publication (print and online)
  • DOI
  • Abstract
  • Keywords

Why does the index card I'm viewing have no abstracts or keywords?

Content included in the Oxford Index comes from many different sources, a small selection of which do not have abstracts and keywords. See Help for more information on the source websites and content types.


Can I follow links from the Oxford Index to other online resources?

Links from items listed within the Oxford Index and references to other online resources are increasingly "live links." If you or your institution has a subscription to this resource (or if it is open access) you will be able to view the full-text.


Can I print text from the Oxford Index? How much material can I print?

Yes. To print any page from the Oxford Index, simply use the Printer Friendly button in the upper-right area of the page. A preview window will appear with the correctly formatted pages, minus the site navigation components. Please note that restrictions apply – see Legal Notices for guidelines on printing and copyright.


How do I set up my own personal account? Is there a charge?

All users are welcomed to set up their own personal Oxford Index account in order to save searches and bookmark pages within the site. There is no charge for this functionality. To get started, please click on the "Sign Up" link above the search box in the upper right-hand corner of any page within the site.


Can I receive email alerts regarding news and updates to the Oxford Index?

Latest additions to the site will always be posted on our What's New page.

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For Librarian Administrators

Is the Oxford Index metadata included in other discovery services, like Summon or Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS)?

Yes; the robust metadata that powers the Oxford Index is also made available to third-party discovery services. Please check with your provider for details on which Oxford University Press resources they include.


What is the likely impact of the Oxford Index on usage statistics for my existing subscriptions?

The Oxford Index is a completely free service, fully indexed by and discoverable via the open web. This further increases the places through which users can discover Oxford material, and be taken directly into the full-text content available via your subscriptions. To that end, it is highly likely that you will see an overall increase in the usage of your products that are included in the Index.

However, since the Oxford Index also provides a single search gateway into OUP content across products, it is possible that you may see a slight decrease in the number of searches performed on other individual product (e.g. University Press Scholarship Online) sites.

We encourage librarians to point to the Oxford Index as a research tool alongside their existing Oxford University Press resources.


Is the Oxford Index OpenURL-compliant?

Currently, the Oxford Index Beta does not contain links which would be OpenURL-enabled. As site functionality continues to be enhanced, the Oxford Index will be compliant with version 0.1 of the OpenURL specification. Librarian Administrators will be able to enable this feature via the Account Information section of Librarian Services. The Oxford Index will also support the selection of custom OpenURL resolver icons.


Does the Oxford Index make use of digital object identifiers (DOIs)?

Yes, the Oxford Index uses digital object identifiers (DOIs) extensively throughout the site. You'll see them as clickable links in the index card title bar and as part of the URL for each index card. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon initial electronic publication. The DOI will never change. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document. The correct format for citing a DOI is as follows: doi:10.1093/0198296983.001.0001 For more information on these features please contact us.


Can I add my institution's logo to the Oxford Index?

Librarians will be able to add their institutional logo to the Oxford Index beginning in January 2012.


Does the Oxford Index provide MARC records for institutions?

As the Oxford Index is a search and discovery tool not containing any full-text, only metadata for resources across OUP's product range, MARC records are not provided for titles included within the Index. OUP does provide MARC21 records free of charge for a large majority of our online content, however, and we encourage you to visit the specific product websites (e.g. University Press Scholarship Online, Oxford Handbooks Online) to download those records specific to your institution's holdings.


Does the Oxford Index support meta (federated) search software?

Yes; the site can currently be accessed by meta search software via HTTP request and supports the method='get' using a base URL of: http://oxfordindex.oup.com/search/q? Followed directly by =x where x is your search term. Separate search terms should separated with the + sign. For example, searching for collisions and culture would be added to the base URL as: =collisions+culture 


Technical and Access Questions

What is your policy on cookies?

Cookies are required for users of the Oxford Index in order to accurately display access rights to full-text (coming January 2012). Users may choose to disable cookies and will still be able to use the Oxford Index, but note that usage statistics related to user sessions will not be available.


On which browsers will the Oxford Index display correctly?

The Oxford Index is designed to display and function correctly on the following browsers or later:

• Firefox 3 and 4
• Safari 5
• Google Chrome 10
• Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9

We recommend that you set your screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels for the optimum display and use of the Oxford Index. However, 800x600 pixel resolution should be acceptable for most pages (with occasional horizontal scrolling).


How accessible is the Oxford Index and will my screen-reader software work with it?

The Oxford Index has full W3C Priority 1 and 2 compliance, as well as most applicable Priority 3 items. It is one of the most accessible sites of its kind and should work with most popular screen-reading software. We have worked hard to ensure that all users have an equal level of access to the scholarly content in the Oxford Index and are happy to answer any questions on this subject as well as receive comments on areas that could be improved.

What is your policy on third party data mining?

Oxford University Press recognizes the research benefit of Text and Data Mining (TDM) across a variety of research fields. As such, we are happy to accommodate TDM for non-commercial use. Although researchers are not required to request permission for non-commercial text-mining, OUP is happy to offer consultation with a technical project manager to assist in planning your project, including avoidance of any technical safeguards triggers OUP has in place to protect the stability and security of our websites. To request a consultant for your TDM project, please e-mail Data.Mining@oup.com

OUP is also happy to consider any Commercial TDM requests. To request approval for TDM for commercial use, please email Data.Mining@oup.com

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