Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions for Oxford First Source.

How to use Oxford First Source

  1. What is Oxford First Source?
  2. What readings are available on Oxford First Source?
  3. When will students be able to access Oxford First Source?
  4. What are ordering options for Oxford First Source?
  5. How long will student subscriptions to Oxford First Source last?
  6. What is your policy on third party data mining?

Questions and Answers

  1. Can I print text from Oxford First Source?
  2. Can I save articles as PDF from Oxford First Source?
  3. How much material can I legally print/save to PDF from Oxford First Source?
  4. Where can I find help with searching?
  5. How can I report an error in the text?
  6. Which browsers will Oxford First Source display best on?

 


 

How To Use Oxford First Source

1. What is Oxford First Source?

Oxford First Source is an online database of primary source documents for a U.S. History or world history survey course.

This initial collection consists of roughly 500 documents selected and organized to complement any U.S. history or world history survey textbook. These documents cover a broad variety of political, economic, social, and cultural topics and represent a broad cross section of American voices. Special effort was made to include as many previously disenfranchised voices as possible. The documents in this collection are indexed by date, author, title, and subject, allowing instructors to identify and select documents best suited for their courses. Short documents (one or two pages) are presented in their entirety while longer documents have been carefully edited to highlight significant content.

Each document is introduced with a short explanatory paragraph and accompanied with study questions. The collection includes an Introduction to Reading and Interpreting Primary Documents, which introduces students to the concept of primary documents and explains several methods for reading, interpreting, and understanding them. It also explains how to set documents into their historical context and how to incorporate primary documents into papers, exams, and other assignments.

2. What readings are available on Oxford First Source?

You can view a list of sources at our Table of Contents page. You may also contact your Oxford University Press Representative or call Customer Service at (800) 280-0280 to request the list of sources.

3. When will students be able to access Oxford First Source?

Oxford First Source is available now.

What are ordering options for Oxford First Source?

  1. Access to Oxford First Source can be packaged for $10 with Oakes, Of The People 2nd edition (any version).
  2. Access to Oxford First Source can be packaged for $10 with Schaller, American Horizons (any version).
  3. Access to Oxford First Source can be packaged for $10 with Morillo, Frameworks of World History
  4. Access to Oxford First Source can be packaged for $10 with von Sivers, Desnoyers, Stow, Patterns of World History 2nd edition (any version)
  5. Access to Oxford First Source can be packaged for $10 with Cole/Ortega, The Thinking Past
  6. Access to Oxford First Source can be purchased standalone for $19.95.

Please contact your Oxford University Press Representative or call Customer Service at (800) 280-0280 to request the correct ISBN for ordering purposes.

How long will student subscriptions to Oxford First Source last?

Each access code grants access for the length of your course.

Questions and Answers

1. Can I print text from Oxford First Source?

You can print content from Oxford First Source by document. To print any article from the Oxford First Source site, simply use the Printer Friendly link in the left-hand navigation area. A preview window will appear with the correctly formatted pages, minus the site navigation components. Please note that restrictions apply – see below for guidelines on legal printing and copyright.

2. Can I save articles as PDF from Oxford First Source?

You can print or save individual articles to PDF. To generate a PDF of an individual article, simply click on the Full Article PDF icon on the left hand menu of the full text article page. You can then save or print the PDF as required. Please note that Copyright restrictions apply.

3. How much material can I legally print/save to PDF from Oxford First Source?

You are restricted by Copyright restrictions to the amount of information that you can print or download. It is very important that you read the Legal Notice, which includes information on printing and downloading to PDF, before printing or downloading anything from Oxford First Source.

4. Where can I find help with searching?

Try looking at our online Help file which provides you with a lot of information about searching as well as tips on how to avoid common problems. It might be that you need to use a different type of search, or perhaps alter your search term to either cast your net more widely if you have too few results, or narrow your search if you have received more results than you can deal with.

5. How can I report an error in the text?

If you notice an error in the text, please contact us. We cannot usually correct errors in the text immediately. However, we will load the corrected text the next time we publish an update to Oxford First Source.

6. Which browsers will Oxford First Source display best on?

  • Internet Explorer for Windows (version 7 and higher)
  • Firefox Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher)
  • Safari Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher)
  • Opera Mac and Windows (versions 9 and higher)
  • Google Chrome Mac and Windows

7. 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