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How to play Six Degrees of Oxford Index on Twitter

Can you connect two seemingly different ideas? Now’s your chance! In a new addition to our regular Friday Twitter games, we’re introducing Six Degrees of Oxford Index or #6degreesOI.

We’ll pose a challenge — such as Pompeii to propaganda — with the #6degreesOI hashtag. Discover the five steps to move from one Oxford Index Overview Page (Pompeii) to the other (propaganda) using the “Related Overviews” on the right hand side. The first person to tweet the correct steps with the #6degreesOI hashtag wins.

@OUPAcademic Pompeii – Apollo – Zeus – Jupiter – triumph – propaganda #6degreesOI”

A free discovery service, the Oxford Index lets you search across Oxford’s digital academic content with a single click, and find related content every step of the way. Overview pages provide a quick, at-a-glance view of a single topic with smart, integrated linking to additional resources. Since Oxford Index allows you to explore related content, you can end up going from point A to point Z without even realizing it. Hence, the idea for our game.

Here’s a sample game to give you an idea of how it works.

Sample game of Six Degrees of Oxford Index on Twitter.

Sample game of Six Degrees of Oxford Index on Twitter.

Sample game of Six Degrees of Oxford Index on Twitter.

Sample game of Six Degrees of Oxford Index on Twitter.


The Oxford Index is a free search and discovery tool from Oxford University Press. Oxford Index Beta launched a year ago in November 2011 and you can now search over 2.5 million items of content and 15 online products. The Index is designed to help you begin your research journey by providing a single, convenient search portal for trusted scholarship from Oxford and our partners, and then point you to the most relevant related materials – from journal articles to scholarly monographs. One search brings together top quality content and unlocks connections in a way not previously possible. The Oxford Index contains a cross-searchable set of nearly one million “index cards,” each representing a single article, chapter, journal, or book. Index pages display key information (including abstracts and keywords) about an item, helping you to judge the relevance of that content to your research.

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