Each book page has three parts under the standard header (for more information on the standard header see On Every Page): the index card at the top; the contents list in the main pane, and navigation links on the left.
At the top: the index card
The grey index card at the top of the pane contains all you need to know about the VSI -- who wrote it, what it is about (both a short prose abstract, and also a list of some keywords -- some of the key concepts of the book), and bibliographic information.
- On the right of the index card you may find a link off to find out more about the author.
- Click on a keyword to run a search for other VSIs with that keyword -- great for finding related content.
In the middle: the contents list
- Click on a chapter title to go to that chapter.
- Click on [+] symbols to show all the front and end Matter (for example prefaces, and indexes.)
- On the right is a Go to page box. If you have a page number from the print edition, enter it in the box and click go to jump to the beginning of that page in the online version of the content.
On the left: the navigation links
All the boxes on the left help you find exactly what you want -- either inside this VSI, on the VSI site, or elsewhere.
- Use the Search within box to run a quick search through the contents on the VSI you are looking at.
- Subject(s) in VSIs Online shows how we have classified this VSI; click on a heading to see all the VSIs in that subject.
- Quick reference and more lists out some of the key concepts, topics, and important people in the book. Click on any of them to jump to an explanatory article from an Oxford Reference book in the Oxford Index. You'll find lots of further links in the Oxford Index, also, opening up a wealth of Oxford content. Find out more about the
The book toolkit
Between the header and the index card, at the right of the screen, is a set of icons that are a toolkit for using the book.
- Print shows you a print-friendly version of the book page.
- Save enables you to save the book to your personal profile (see Personalization.)
- Cite opens a pop up window that gives you a simple but accurate citation form that you can use to refer to this content (following an OUP standard based on Hart's Rules), and enables you to export bibliographic data in .ris format if you are using citation management software.
- Email lets you email a link to a VSI book, to yourself or someone else.
- Share lets you post a link to a social service such as Twitter or Facebook - click on the button to reveal all supported services.
- Font size lets you choose a larger font size.