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OUP - E-Books Oxford English Dictionary Online

Publisher: Oxford University Press E-Books

Joined: 2006

Type: Online reference collection

Content Overview

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.  It is the most comprehensive record of the English language in the world.  As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings.  You'll still find these in the OED, but you'll also find the history of individual words and of the language, traced through more than 3 million quotations.

Subject Strengths

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. 

Service Strengths

  • Search the equivalent of 23 volumes of information with speed and ease
  • Find a term when you know the meaning but have forgotten the word
  • Find words that have come into English via a particular language
  • Search for quotations from a specified year
  • Search for all quotations from a particular author and/or work
  • Display entries according to your needs for the first time you can turn pronunciation, etymologies, variant spellings, and quotations on and off
  • Gain unique online access to thousands of new and revised words each quarter
  • Compare revised entries with entries from the Second Edition to see how language has changed and how new scholarship has increased understanding of our linguistic and cultural heritage

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