Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the aims and scope of Oxford Islamic Studies Online?
Oxford Islamic Studies Online is a comprehensive reference center designed to disseminate authoritative, balanced scholarship from a global perspective and provide a source of timely, reliable, and accessible information on the history, peoples, beliefs, individuals, and cultures that constitute the world of Islam. The content is structured with a breadth and depth that will benefit students, specialists, faculty and outreach professionals, scholars in a variety of disciplines, researchers at governmental and non-governmental organizations, and reference librarians. Find out more about this resource.
2. What content is available on the site?
The site includes the full content of four key scholarly works, two chaptered-works, two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur'an, the first electronic version of the standard Concordance used by English-speaking scholars around the world, and primary source documents. Carefully selected editorial metadata has been applied to the core reference content, which is cross-searchable with images and maps, charts and tables. Special features and tools include timelines, Qur'an Verse Look-up, a Date Converter for Western and Islamic calendar dates, and a Learning Resources section with links to content of particular value for students, teachers, and outreach professionals. Find out more about site content.
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 Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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 a series of special thematic features on topics of current or historical interest commissioned specifically for online publication. The latest thematic Focus On feature will be freely available to all visitors to the site.
5. How can I find out when a new Focus On feature appears?
Focus On features are freely available to all visitors to the site. Sign up now for email alerts, to learn when a new Focus On has been posted.
6. How do I cite articles from Oxford Islamic Studies Online?
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. How do I subscribe to Oxford Islamic Studies Online?
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.
9. 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 .
10. Are discounts available to consortia and consortia members?
Special pricing is available for library consortia. For further details, please get in touch with your consortia manager or contact us .
11. I cannot access Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
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.
e) You have entered an incorrect username or password or no longer have an active subscription. Please contact us .
12. 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 .
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. With which browsers is the Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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:
IE7/Windows (optimal browser)
Pages will also display on Netscape 7/Windows, Netscape 7/Macintosh, and Mozilla 1
Displaying Diacritical Marks in Internet Explorer 6
Open the Tools menu and select Internet Options/General tab.
Select the button for “Fonts...” You can retain the Latin display, but need to select change the Web page font to a Unicode font such as Ariel Unicode MS or Lucida Unicode.
Click OK, and then select “Accessibility...”
Under Formatting, check the box “Ignore font styles specified on Web pages” and click OK.
You should now be able to view diacritical marks throughout the site.
16. 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.
17. Is Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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.
18. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL Oxford Islamic Studies Online?
19. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to Oxford Islamic Studies Online?
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.
20. Does Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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:
Pillars islam: text=+pillars+islam
21. Can I add the Oxford Islamic Studies Online 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.oxfordislamicstudies.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 Islamic Studies</legend>
<input name="text" id="query_field" type="text" value=" "/>
<input type="image" name="search_button" src="http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/images/button-search2.gif" alt="SEARCH" title="SEARCH" style="vertical-align: top;"/>
22. Are usage statistics available?
Usage statistics are available on a monthly basis to subscribing institutions and library consortia.
23. How do I access my institution's statistics?
24. How can I view or update my subscription record?
25. Can I add our insitutional logo on the Oxford Islamic Studies Online site?
Your logo can be displayed to users of your account on appropriate screens within an Oxford online product site. You may also use a "Logo Link" option to activate a hyperlink from your logo image to a specified destination address (e.g. to your library, department or institution home page). To add your logo, use your administrator username and password to log in to our account management system and follow the instructions.
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 Islamic Studies Online?
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/.