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The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online now available

The Pepperdine University Libraries have purchased the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. This is a great resource if you are looking for authoritative, in-depth definitions for concepts such as “sovereign debt” or “arbitrage pricing theory.”

The entries are detailed and written by  experts in the field of economics. For example, the entry on “principal and agent” was written by Joseph E. Stiglitz, the 2001 winner of the Nobel prize for economics. It is 9 pages long and contains a lengthy bibliography.

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online borrows some classic articles from the 1987 and 2008 print editions, but it is much more dynamic and is updated 4 times a year.

Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary (AIAD) -new 45th edition available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

The forty-fifth edition of Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary (AIAD) offers increased coverage in all fields of human endeavor. Many of the new terms are from the subject areas of

  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Botony
  • Business
  • Computers
  • Government
  • Languages
  • Military
  • Natural Resources
  • Publishing
  • Science

Of major value to researchers is the inclusion of:

  • International Associations
  • National Associations
  • Regional and State Associations
  • Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Models and Makes
  • Political Action Committees
  • Research Centers
  • Stock Exchange Symbols

Most entries in AIAD are specifically identified with the United States. Thousands of British and Canadian terms can also be found. Other non-U.S. acronyms most likely to be encountered in magazines and daily newspapers are included as well. No attempt is made to list acronyms of local businesses or associations, local units of government, or other terms in limited use. Obsolete terms are retained for their historical interest.

Three additional titles join Project Muse

The following journals, previously announced as joining Project MUSE, are now online:

** From the Dictionary Society of North America:
Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America

Dictionaries: The Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on all aspects of lexicography, as well as from areas of linguistic inquiry that relate to lexicography, and from the study of reference works in general as they bear on dictionary-making. The journal’s regular special sections include “Reference Works in Progress” and “Working Knowledge,” which report on and excerpt current lexicographical projects. A substantial portion of each year’s journal is devoted to reviews of recently published lexicons and lexicography websites, as well as to reviews of critical and historical studies of lexicography, and occasionally of biographies and popular literature related to dictionary-making, etymology, and similar topics.

** From the Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature:
Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature

Founded at the the University of Manitoba in 1967, the year of Canada’s centennial,  Mosaic is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to publishing the very best critical work in literature and theory. The journal brings insights from a wide variety of disciplines to bear on literary texts, cultural climates, topical issues, divergent art forms, and modes of creative activity. Mosaic combines rigorous scholarship with cutting-edge exploration of theory and literary criticism. It publishes contributions from scholars around the world and it distributes to 34 countries.

** From the Ateneo de Manila University:
Philippine Studies

Philippine Studies is an internationally refereed journal that publishes scholarly and original articles from a range of disciplines that provide historical and ethnographic viewpoints on the Philippines and its peoples. It welcomes works that are theoretically informed but not encumbered by jargon; studies that describe their subject well but also offer fine-grained interpretation and astute analysis; papers that look in-depth into a topic but also pursue comparative thinking. It prefers contributions not confined by the nation-state but take on transnational and global perspectives, even as it seeks to engage scholars who may not be specialists on the Philippines. Founded in 1953, Philippine Studies is published quarterly by the Ateneo de Manila University.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) relaunches: same content, new look!

If you logged onto the OED web site on November 30, you were in for a surprise: a brand new look to a favorite resource! According to the Editor, John Simpson:

“We’ve tried to tilt the site more towards the English language than towards the dictionary as an end in itself. Search results move from simple lists to visualizations/timelines. They can also be filtered according to a number of categories, allowing you to start off with big numbers (e.g. all English words derived from Italian), and reduce them by steps down to small, significant subsets (e.g. all English words derived from Italian from the field of Music which are first recorded in English in the 18th century). That’s 167 words, starting with adagio.

Other new features include pages (updated each quarter from the dictionary data) on the OED‘s most-cited authors and texts, plus links to other online resources—such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography—offering more on those who’ve shaped the language. There’s also an ‘Aspects of English’ section, a series of descriptive articles on language, past and present. We’ll be adding to this series at regular intervals, but for now how about Robert McCrum on P. G. Wodehouse’s use of English (with links into the OED and elsewhere), Eleanor Maier on the rise of the ‘gate’ suffix, or a brief overview of the English of the Anglo-Saxons by the OED‘s Chief Etymologist, Philip Durkin.

Perhaps the most important new feature involves the Historical Thesaurus to the OED, published in book form in 2009. The entire text is now integrated with the OED Online, so that you can follow semantic links throughout the dictionary. Go to the OED’s entry for utopia, for example, and follow the Thesaurus links to the entries for heaven (Old English), Cockaigne (c1305), El Dorado (1596), nonesuch (a1618), Fiddler’s Green (1825), never-never land (1900), the Big Rock Candy Mountain (1917), etc. ‘Utopia’ means different things to different people!

As ever, the core of the dictionary is its content. But with the new web site this content is opened up to an extent we couldn’t imagine ten years ago when the OED first went online.

The thinking behind much of the development has been to make the site easy to use. We’ve tried to resolve many of the complexities behind the scenes, so that you are guided through the process of investigating the language.”

Log on and enjoy this month’s image illustrating the word launch and this month’s quote from Mae West.