Oxford AASC: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

General content questions
Subscription questions
Access questions
Technical questions
Subscriber Services

General content questions

1. What is the Oxford African American Studies Center?
The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, teachers, and scholars with an authoritative and comprehensive source on the African American experience. At launch, the site will be comprised of five major encyclopedias and content from eighteen additional reference sources from Oxford University Press. Find out more.

2. Other than the core reference content, what is available on the site?
The site includes a carefully selected editorial program of supplementary material. This includes over 300 primary source documents with commentaries, approximately 2,300 images with an ongoing image research program, over 300 charts, tables and graphs, maps, timelines, and learning resources for students and teachers. Find out more.

3. Are all images from the print sets included online?
We have made every effort to include all images where copyright allows. The display of images online is subject to a different set of copyright regulations than those that apply to print publication. We have included any illustrations where we own the copyright or which have no copyright restrictions and have also obtained a substantial number of permissions to display images online. We will be increasing the number of images through our ongoing editorial update program.

4. How often is the Oxford African American Studies Center updated?
We will be updating the site three to four times a year with new content and with revisions to existing articles. Updates will include articles from forthcoming print publications as well as content commissioned specifically for online publication. In addition, the editors will provide bi-monthly Focus On features on a topic of current or historical interest. This Focus On feature will be freely available to all visitors to the site.

5. Do I have to subscribe to the site to access the Focus On feature?
The Focus On feature is freely available to all visitors to the site. Sign up now for Focus On feature email alerts.

6. How do I cite articles from the Oxford African American Studies Center?
Bibliographic citation is provided in Chicago and MLA formats for all content included in the site. A "Cite" button is provided on the tool bar for every entry of the site. Users can also export citations through EndNote, ReferenceManager, and ProCite.

7. How do I submit a comment or correction?
If you have any general or specific comments on the content of an article or find a cross-reference link that is not working properly, please send an email to the editorial staff. You may also use the Contact us form to submit your comments. When providing a comment about a specific article, please provide as much detail as possible and include the URL of the page being referred to by copying and pasting the URL from your browser's address box into your message. Comments will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the next available update.

8. 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.

Subscription questions

9. How do I subscribe to the Oxford African American Studies Center?
Annual subscriptions are available for schools, libraries and organizations. For complete pricing information or to subscribe, please contact us. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available for individuals.

10. Is it possible to have a free trial?
Free 30-day trials are available to libraries and institutions considering a subscription. If you are an individual and would like to try out the site, find out if your library or organization already subscribes or would like a free trial. Librarians and administrators can sign up here.

11. Are discounts available to consortia and consortia members?
Special pricing is available for library consortia. For further details, please get in touch with your consortium manager or contact us.

Access questions

12. I cannot access the Oxford African American Studies Center.

Library administrators
a) Please verify that you have submitted your library's signed subscriber agreement to OUP. All new subscriptions require a signed license agreement on file that has been verified prior to activating service.

b) Please verify that OUP has your library's most current IP address information on file. Administrators may verify account details from Subscriber Services. You will need an administrative login. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative password, you can also update or change this information from Subscriber Services.

c) If your library's IP information has been changed, please contact us to report the new address(es) or to update IP information currently registered.

d) Your library's access may have expired or been placed on hold if OUP has not received your subscription payment or if your free trial has expired. It is customary for OUP to contact subscribers before a renewal/anniversary date or trial expiration. For further assistance, please contact us.

Individual subscribers
e) You have entered an incorrect username or password or no longer have an active subscription. Please contact us.

13. Is remote access available?
Remote or off-site access is available to all institutional subscribers at no additional cost. For further assistance setting up remote access, please contact us.

14. Is library card access available?
Libraries have the option to allow patrons to access the site using their library barcode. Please have your librarian or administrator contact us for further details on setting up library card access.

15. I have forgotten my username and password.
If you are using access information provided by your library, please contact your school's librarian or administrator for library access information. Individual subscribers click here to change or be reminded of your login.

Technical questions

16. With which browsers is the Oxford African American Studies Center compatible?
The site should be accessible to general users using a variety of modern browsers but is designed to display and function correctly on the following browsers:

Netscape 7/Windows
Firefox 1/Windows
Opera 8/Windows
Netscape 7/Macintosh
Safari 1/Macintosh
Pages will display on Lynx.

17. Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?
The site is designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase.

18. Is the Oxford African American Studies Center OpenURL compliant?
Yes, the site is compliant with both the 0.1 and 1.0 OpenURL specifications. To enable this feature for your institution, please access your account information in Subscriber Services. Your institution will need to have an OpenURL resolver.

19. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL from the Oxford African American Studies Center?

20. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to the Oxford African American Studies Center?
Librarians can add their library's OpenURL resolver via Subscriber Services. Your OpenURL resolver logo should be a maximum size of 19 pixels high x 55 pixels wide.

21. Does Oxford African American Studies Center support federated searching?
Yes; the site can currently be accessed by federated search software via HTTP request and supports the method="get" using a base URL of:


Followed by text=X where X is your search term. Separate search terms should separated with the .+. sign. For example:

dream deferred: text=+dream+deferred

22. Can I add the Oxford African American Studies Center search box to my site?
Yes; librarians or site administrators who wish to provide a short cut into the site can copy the html text below and paste it into the your own web page. Please note that this search box will only be able to be used by those who have a subscription to the site.

<div style="margin: 20px;">
<form id="searchFormForm" method="get" action="http://www.oxfordaasc.com/search/quick" style="border:0; padding:0; margin:0;">
<input type="hidden" name="_f:text" value="stext" />
<input type="hidden" name="_fmt" value="context" />
<input type="hidden" name="_refinePage" value="/search/advanced_search.jsp" />
<fieldset style="width:270px; margin-top: 1.5em;">
<legend style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.4em; font-weight: bold;color: #333;padding: 0 0.3em;margin-bottom: 0.5em;">Search Oxford AASC</legend>
<input name="text" id="query_field" type="text" value=" "/>
<input type="image" name="search_button" src="http://www.oxfordaasc.com/images/button-search2.gif" alt="SEARCH" title="SEARCH" style="vertical-align: top;"/>

Subscriber Services

23. Are usage statistics available?
Usage statistics are available on a monthly basis to subscribing institutions and library consortia.

24. How do I access my institution's statistics?
Please visit Subscriber Services. Your administrative login will be required. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative login, please contact us.

25. How can I view or update my subscription record?
Institutions and individuals within North and South America may view or change their subscription details at our account management system. Subscribers outside of North and South America click here.

26. Are there MARC Records available?
Marc records are available for most titles from the MARC Records page.

27. How can I view or edit the MARC Records I downloaded from Oxford African American Studies Center?
To view or edit our Marc records you will need software which supports MARC21 format, such as MarcEdit, which is free to download at http://oregonstate.edu/~reeset/marcedit/html/.