*Links to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography give you more information about the authors of the example quotations. (For full biographies from this resource, see Snell Library’s print edition.)
*A list of most-cited authors and texts, updated each quarter, shows you what the OED uses for sources.
*Essays by OED staff historians have also been added on the history of the English language.
*A fun time-killing feature called “Timelines” leverages the incredible amount of information packed into the dictionary by allowing you to analyze it more like a database. Choose a broad topic like “Military” and see when new military words were added to the language. Sort them by region (Ireland, Australia, etc…) to see in what part of the world they originated. Link to lists of those words for browsing.New functionality An updated design and some great new technical features allow you to navigate the site more easily and appreciate the incredible richness and history of our language.
*When you do a search with many results, the first screen gives you a peek into each word so you know which one you want.
*Once you select a word, a scroll bar along the definition allows you to navigate more easily.
*A text enlargement feature is built into the definition page.
*The pronunciation symbols are explained in a pop-up box for every word.
*You can save instead of just printing and emailing.
*”About this entry” tells you when the word first entered the dictionary, what other words link to this word, and other facts.
*Each word has a “Cite” button that gives you the correct citation for MLA and Chicago for your bibliography, for download to Endnote, ProCite, RefWorks, and Reference Manager software.
*During your session, the dictionary remembers the words you searched so you can go back to them.
*”My Oxford English Dictionary” is a new feature for saving your searches, creating folders to organize your favorite words, and setting preferences such as how much information you want to display on each page.How did we even tolerate this dictionary before this update? It’s hard to imagine! Enjoy the beautiful polish and shine on this online dictionary, a true jewel of the English language.