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Technology Fee Funded Projects

Oxford Scholarship Online and Handbooks

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Project Description

Funded

Oxford University Press is the oldest and largest university press in the world. The e-books in this collection are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. With the purchase of this collection, UCF will gain perpetual rights and online access to over 4,600 titles including access to Oxford’s premier reference titles. Sample titles are provided in Section C of this proposal. A full title list is available online.

The agreement between UCF and Oxford will allow for any fair use of the content for educational purposes, including embedding links to the content in Webcourses. Access would be available to all UCF students and employees, with off campus access enabled by EZproxy.

Student Access to Project Resources

Total number of students served by the project:

Because UCF will own the content, the collection will benefit not only the current 53,537 students and 1,707 faculty members , but will meet the instructional and research needs of the UCF community into the future.

Percentage of target student population to be served by the project.

One hundred percent of UCF students and faculty will have access to and will be served by the purchase of Oxford Scholarship Online Books and Handbooks.

The table below shows the subject collections included in the purchase, the number of titles in each collection, and UCF’s FTE in selected programs.

Oxford Scholarship Subject Collection Titles Selected UCF Colleges and Programs FTE
Biology 129 Biological Sciences 980
Business and Management 102 College of Business; Hospitality Management 8,109
Classical Studies 190 History 1.233
Economics and Finance 351 Economics; Finance 2,526
History 318 History 1,233
Law 367 Criminal Justice; Legal Studies 1458
Linguistics 148 Modern Languages; Communicative Disorders 1543
Literature 225 English; Modern Languages; Theatre 1,929
Mathematics 69 Mathematics 1,689
Music 100 Music 405
Neuroscience 73 College of Nursing; College of Medical 1,959
Philosophy 785 Philosophy 824
Physics 172 Physics 923
Political Science 430 Political Science 1289
Psychology 191 Ed Child, Family & Community Sci; Psychology 3,707
Public Health & Epidemiology 191 College of Nursing; Health Info Mgmt; Health Services Admin 1,842
Religion 638 Judaic Studies; Philosophy 896
Social Work 95 Social Work 407

This collection of e-books has been selected by UCF Libraries for potential purchase because it complements the Complete Springer eBook Collection that was purchased with funds awarded by the Technology Fee Committee in 2009-2010. That collection has a primary focus in science, technology, engineering, and medicine. The proposed Oxford collection has a strong focus in titles that will support programs in the humanities and social sciences. However, the above chart and title lists provided in this document show that this collection will broadly support UCF programs.

Oxford e-books are online and the content will be available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. Students will be able to discover Oxford e-books in the catalog, on the library Web site, and even in Google Scholar. Oxford e-books are formatted so that content is more easily accessible, with deep-searching functionality. Also, each chapter can be exported as a PDF file so that students can print, e-mail, and download the content to read offline on a cell phone, e-book reader, or any computer. The online content in this collection conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.0.

The Oxford Scholarship Online and Handbooks will benefit faculty by providing both literature for faculty research and relevant material for course assignments.

Benefit to Student Learning

Oxford is recognized as a leading university press, producing scholarly books and reference resources that are relevant and appropriate to university student course work and faculty research. The content will directly support student learning by providing material for course papers, projects, and study. Sample titles from this package hint at the breadth and depth of the content that will become available to the UCF community.

  • Adam Smith and the Classics
  • Are You Alone Wise?
  • Assisted Dying and Legal Change
  • Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy
  • Bad Language
  • Barbed Wire Diplomacy
  • Bayesian Nets and Causality
  • Chaotic Economic Dynamics
  • Clinical Data-Mining
  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
  • Constitutional Dilemmas
  • Consumer Credit Models
  • Cyberthreats
  • Democracy in Iran
  • Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?
  • Dopamine Handbook
  • Doubt Truth to be a Liar
  • Empirical Musicology
  • Evidence-Based Public Health
  • Evolutionary Forensic Psychology
  • Fighting over Words
  • Financial Market Complexity
  • Food Policy
  • From Marx to the Market
  • Green States and Social Movements
  • Haunting the Buddha
  • Health Care Regulation in America
  • A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries
  • How the Laws of Physics Lie
  • In Praise of Blame
  • In Search of Madness
  • Lectures on Light
  • Making Marriage Modern
  • Marketplace of the Gods
  • Molecular Beams
  • Morals by Agreement
  • Neuroethics
  • One Nation, Underprivileged
  • Optically Polarized Atoms
  • Palestine in Late Antiquity
  • Poverty and Fundamental Rights
  • Preaching Eugenics
  • School Violence in Context
  • Slavery in Early Christianity
  • Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology
  • Textbook of Cancer Epidemiolology
  • Vowel Perception and Production
  • Why Not Torture Terrorists?
  • Women Against the Vote
  • Zombies and Consciousness

Links to the chapters can be embedded in online courses, and there is no limit on the number of people who can open Oxford e-books at once.

The UCF Libraries is committed to work directly with faculty and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to publicize this e-book package and its potential use for course readings. The Libraries will offer informational materials to distribute during various events, such as the Faculty Development Conferences, and will feature information about this e-book package in newsletters and exhibits. In addition, librarians will instruct students about Oxford e-books during Information Literacy sessions.

Project Success Metrics and Assessment Plan

The Libraries will measure the success of the Oxford collection through usage data and surveys. Oxford will provide usage reports that track which titles were used and how many chapters were downloaded. Usage of Credeo Reference and UCF’s Gale Virtual Reference Libraries (GVRL) provide a starting point for estimating use of the Oxford collection. Credo and GVRL are similar to Oxford, but much smaller and more limited to reference content.

  Titles in Collection Chapter Downloads Titles Used Percent of Collection Used Average Uses per Title
Credo 505 3,589 355 70% 7.1
GVRL 60 1446 N/A N/A 24.1

It is anticipated that once the collection is purchased and records are entered into the UCF Libraries’ catalog that usage will be high for this collection. The library catalog records will provide author, title and subject discovery of the titles. Usage is expected to grow yearly for the first three years the collection is available, with the following success metrics:

  Titles in Collection Chapter Downloads Titles Used Percent of Collection Used Average Uses per Title
Year 1 3600 14,400 1,440 40% 4
Year 2 3600 21,600 1,980 55% 6
Year 3 3600 28,800 2,520 70% 8

LibQUAL+® and other surveys will be used to assess student satisfaction. For both faculty and students, satisfaction with the collection content and interface should start high and remain high, and 70% or more of e-book collection users should report that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the content.

Project Sustainability

The requested funds will cover the entire cost of perpetual access to the Oxford Scholarship Online and Handbooks collection. The UCF Libraries will continue to purchase newly published content beginning with 2011 publications. While UCF will own the content, it will reside on servers at Oxford University Press. UCF Libraries will pay a annual hosting fee from library funds to maintain access to the Oxford University website and user friendly interface. UCF Libraries will catalog the e-books and maintain links and other access mechanisms with existing staffing.

Space Administration

No space is needed for the project. The Oxford e-books are entirely online.

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