Thursday, December 1, 2011

e-Resource of the Month: Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) 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. When you look up a word/term in the OED, not only do you get the definition and pronunciation guide, but links to specific quotations. You can also view your results as a timeline, for historical context.

Quarterly updates (March, June, September and December) revise existing entries and add new words. And each month the OED adds to the OED Online ‘Aspects of English’—a growing series of features offering routes into the dictionary—as well as topical takes on words (current and historical) via the OED homepage. Altogether it's a wonderful resource for students and teachers of English language—past, present, and worldwide—as well as English literature, history, law, and many other subjects.

To get the most out of the OED, view the slide version of the online tour and be sure to subscribe to the OxfordWords blog.

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