Free access to Oxford content during the government shutdown


The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials. To that end, we have opened up access for the next two weeks to three of our online resources: Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and the US Census demographics website, Social Explorer.

  • Oxford Reference is a collection of over 125 core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted quick results that users can trust bringing together over two million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. Start your journey by logging in using username: tryoxfordreference and password: govshutdown
  • American National Biography Online provides articles that trace a person’s life through the sequence of significant events as they occurred from birth to death offering portraits of more than 18,700 men and women— from all eras and walks of life—whose lives have shaped the nation. To explore, simply log in using username: tryanb and password: govshutdown
  • Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. It lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. In addition to its comprehensive data resources, Social Explorer offers features and tools to meet the needs of demography experts and novices alike.  For access to Social Explorer, email online for a username and password.

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