New eResources: Oxford English Dictionary & Oxford Dictionaries Online

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We're very happy to announce two new resources from the Oxford University Press.

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Oxford Dictionaries offers language dictionaries and resources for nine languages including:

  • English (US and UK) 
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese

Along with access to regular updates to Oxford's monolingual and bilingual dictionaries across each language, Oxford Dictionaries also offers access to grammar guidance and language resources for each language.

The English Language Dictionary includes four classic Oxford University Press references:

  • New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide: offers reliable style advice for anyone writing for print or online publication.
  • Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage: the definitive guide to modern legal vocabulary, style, and usage.
  • New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors: offers clear guidance on topics and words that commonly cause difficulties.
  • Pocket Fowler’s Modern English Usage: offers helpful advice and answers on how to use English effectively.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the history of 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 dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings 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 film scripts and cookery books.

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