Oxford Bibliographies: Great Resource for Students and Researchers!

Energy Security and Water Security

Farhad Mukhtarov (ADA University, Azerbaijan) and Aleh Cherp (Central European University, Hungary; Lund University, Sweden), with essential assistance from a graduate ADAU student Richard Sarpong, published 2 articles in Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press. One article is about Energy Security — the concept that commands great policy attention nowadays, from the issues of oil and gas prices, to geopolitics and climate change. The second article is about Water Security — essentially, the idea of human security applied to the field of water resources.

So what is this thing — Oxford Bibliographies?

In 2010 Oxford University Press launched a new project — Oxford Bibliographies, which is a hybrid of an annotated bibliography and an encyclopedia entry. This is an enhanced, online-only resource where authoritative scholars define an academic field, a concept or a theory through recommending key references to read on that and sub-sections of that topic. For every subsection, there is a little summary followed by maximum 8 references — click on them and you get the article!

The project is top-priority for Oxford University Press, and The New Yorker wrote a long article about it. Here is the quote from The New Yorker on the appeal of Oxford Bibliographies and how this works…

So: a student goes on Google and comes up with everything under the sun with no ready way of sorting through it. She goes to Wikipedia and, if she reads the whole entry, gets an apparently authoritative explanation of some solid basics— the concept of hubris, a few details about ancient Greek performance, and some plot summaries. She goes to O.B.O. (Oxford Bibliographies) and, if she likes, quickly absorbs most of the above details in the introduction, and then moves on to more specific ideas. For “Agamemnon,” she might learn of a single book that will cover how the play fits into Greek history, its language and imagery, and how it depicts gods and humans; or she might choose to compare three separate works that analyze Agamemnon’s fatal decision-making process. In short, I’d call O.B.O. superior to the other options.

Nota Bene: ADA University Library started the process of getting subscription — so you can benefit from these resources if you are affiliated with ADAU!

Who are the Authors?

Below is the quote from the website of Oxford Bibliographies on the authors of the articles. Basically, the leading scholars on cutting-edge of research and teaching.

Oxford Bibliographies includes articles written by over 4,000 scholars from around the globe. In addition to their contributions to Oxford Bibliographies, these authors are leaders in their fields, are at the forefront of new research and ideas, and are teaching at the top institutions in the world. This new interactive map highlights the extensive work of these impressive contributors and provides easy linking to their work here on Oxford Bibliographies and beyond.

Take the Tour and Learn to Use It!

And here is the Youtube Video on how you can use Oxford Bibliographies in your studies, research and learning!


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