Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. Now available via an online resource, Very Short Introductions offers scholars and students OUP’s premier publishing series in an easily discoverable, fully crosssearchable, and highly accessible format.

Subject Number of Titles
Arts & Humanities 38
History 52
Literature 27
Philosophy 45
Religion 48
Science & Mathematics 42
Physics 13
Psychology 14
Social Sciences 30
Politics 33
Law 6
Medicine & Health 10

The Very Short Introductions series (or VSI series) is a book series published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) publishing house since 1995. Books in the series offer concise introductions to particular subjects, intended for a general audience but written by experts in the field. (For example, authors of VSI entries in philosophy include A. J. Ayer, Roger Scruton, A. C. Grayling, and Peter Singer.) Individual titles range from 96 to 224 pages in length, with most between 120 and 180, and nearly all contain suggestions for further reading. While authors may present personal viewpoints, the books are meant to be "balanced and complete" as well as thought provoking.

As of March 2015, there are 425 titles in the series, with 33 more (and 8 updated editions) scheduled for publication by May 2016. The publisher states that "the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library."

The VSI series has been very commercially successful. By 2011, Oxford University Press was giving sales figures for the series as over five million copies worldwide, and VSI books have been published in more than 25 languages.

OUP provides an online subscription-based service for institutions where users can read VSI titles. The website allows users to perform cross-searches of the entire series, and the Oxford Index provides integration with other OUP content. The website also allows users to save chapters, books or searches on their profiles, and highlight or make annotations on the text.

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