OED Online! is a subscription service available to individuals as well as to libraries. Subscriptions may be started at any time. The service offered here is documenting the step of the Oxford University Press into the digital age of the Internet. The OUP service had raving reviews in the press: 'Highly recommended for reference collections in academic, public, and special libraries' Library Journal. The New York Times came to the conclusion that this is "The greatest work in dictionary making ever undertaken'".
The Oxford English Dictionary is greatly acknowledged to be the most authoritative dictionary of English. It covers present and past of the English language, offers a guide to both the meaning and usage of English words.
Let the numbers speak: OED covers 600,000 words from across all English-speaking countries and offers about 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources - from literature and jargon to film scripts, and cookery books
The benefits of Oxford English Dictionary Online are e.g. easy access to the complete Second edition. A clear plus you would not like to miss are the new and revised words being added each quarter, totaling up to several hundred entries. The online edition is supported by advanced and speedy search functions and helpful features: simple word look-ups, Boolean search, reverse lookup, pronunciations, etymologies, and variant spellings. Your search on quotations may be fine-tuned to specified year, or from a particular author and/or work.
So if your library still has not got access to the OED Online! it is the time to place it on your wish-list!
Learning can and should be fun. Get inspiration from the three quizzes on the website; they are good examples on how using an English dictionary can be enlightening and entertaining. In case you have no access to OED Online! you can find the answers for these quizzes on the separate, free webpage . Take a quiz now!