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 Oxford English Dictionary

Database Information

"The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking 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 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books." --
Oxford University Press Website

Database Features
Over 600,000 word entries
Includes the etymology, or historical development, for each word
Defines and illustrates word usage, where it originated, when it entered the language, and how it's use has changed

Search Operators
* = one or more characters (e.g. comput*), ? = exactly one character (e.g. wom?n)

Database Access

Oxford English Dictionary

Video Tutorials

Oxford English Dictionary Online - A Short Guide
Provides an overview of Oxford English Dictionary.


Introduction to Databases
Explains why you should use databases when conducting academic research.