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Oxford English Dictionary

What is it?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

As well as present-day meanings, the OED also traces the history of individual words, and of the language, via 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Where can I access it?

Anywhere – remote access available for library members.

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How do I use it?

Log in by entering your library card number (starting with D and then 8 digits) into the Library account box.  Select Nottingham City Libraries on the next screen and you’ll be taken to the search page.

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Use the Quick search to run a simple keyword search or click Advanced search to filter by subject, part of speech, region, language of origin and more.

Finding help or further information

Under Helpful Resources, there are links to ‘Help with Using the OED Online’ and ‘Video Guides for the OED’