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New eResource: Oxford English Dictionary online

Oxford English Dictionary

Apr 12, 2022

Great news! Effective April 13, 2022, a new eResource is available for our customers:

The print version of the OED dictionary is 20 volumes! With OED online, customers can access the full content of the 20 volumes online, plus tens of thousands of exclusive new and revised entries.

Are you wondering how to pronounce the word Gif? Maybe you’re curious about why a computer monitor is called a monitor, when it doesn’t seem to monitor anything. Answers to these questions, and many more, can all be found in the OED.

The OED includes over 600,000 words … 3.5 million quotations … and over 1,000 years of the English language!

The OED is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

The OED database is updated every three months.

Sometimes, the entry for the word may be quite long. However, there is a simple way to get a quick overview of the entry; check out How to use the OED.