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Oxford English Dictionary Online

This guide explains how to use the Oxford English Dictionary database available at Buley Library.

What is the Oxford English Dictionary?

The Oxford English Dictionary is a searchable online version of the print multi-volume dictionary and contains the complete text of the second edition of the twenty volume set and the three volumes of additions. It provides the meaning, origin, and pronunciation of words in the English language from the beginning to the present. The OED is now being fully revised with frequent updates.

To access the OED, begin at the library home page and select "More Databases" under "Popular Databases" on the left panel. On the database page, select the "O" tab in the A-Z list of databases. Then scroll down to select OED from the list of O databases. Click on "Accessing OED" tab above for a video tutorial.