Your Collection Illuminated SM
Your scholarly encyclopedias are underutilized …
Major reference works (scholarly encyclopedias; compendia; handbooks) are designed to assist the novice as well as non-specialist researcher in gaining a reliable foothold on a topic. Maintaining such a collection within libraries, and having it sufficiently used, has shown themselves to be separate issues. What was needed was a unified service to identify the best electronic and print introductory content for serious research.
The Solution: Reference Universe.
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 encyclopedia, unlocking previously overlooked content, expanding the boundaries and opening up new pathways of research.
We don’t really know what’s in our reference collections, E-Book or our print sets. Reference Universe makes the connection for us.
I personally love Reference Universe, as I can locate book info on obscure items, such as tooth cave spiders (a real Reference Desk example), and really little known historical events. A wonderful resource, especially in an academic environment.
By starting our search with Reference Universe we can immediately see if we have resources to help the student. This is an enormous time-saver for our librarians as well as for students.
Reference Universe has allowed the University of Maryland Libraries to maintain access to and awareness of useful reference titles during an extensive weeding project of our very large reference collection. Reference Universe offers one-stop shopping for a collection that is now spread around the libraries and the Web.
Reference Universe is what we had been waiting for–a vast index to our reference collection that would help us zero in on articles needed for student projects.
I think Reference Universe is a really useful resource that helps us use a lot of the collection that I think people otherwise overlook.
Our library puts a lot of effort into selecting reference works to support our curriculum, and Reference Universe provides us with a means to integrate and provide access to these resources regardless of format
Reference Universe makes finding needles in haystacks easier. It gives us the ability to go deep within table of contents and back of the book indexes of our print reference collection and a our online editions too! It fills a void for those tricky and hard to define reference questions.
While e-book platforms search the full text and locate a keyword in any—but not necessarily the best—context, Reference Universe searches the article titles and the complete index of a source, providing users with a fully-formed introduction to one’s topic.
The combination of indexing and reference access is unparalleled… Reference Universe allows for discovery and rediscovery of worthy and outstanding content in reference collections that might otherwise be missed. Outstanding Academic Title (2004 and 2012).
Reference Universe is truly one of a kind. It really gets students into the reference stacks and gets them using those very expensive materials, both print and online.
With Reference Universe, I’ve discovered resources we had right under our noses, but didn’t know about. It really enhances discoverability of our resources. The receptiveness to feedback and rapid response to content inquiries is really outstanding.
Reference Universe works well because it is based on our robust collection which is tied to our disciplines and programs. Faculty are happy with the information they get from us when they see the depth of our encyclopedia collection.
This is a fabulous idea and a great implementation. Reference librarians have been talking about a resource with this functionality for years. 4 1/2 Stars.