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The Library now offers access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online


Explore over 1,000 years of the English language with the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).


The OED is a well-respected guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 500,000 words and phrases from across the English-speaking world. It traces usage through millions of quotes dating back to 1150 A.D., and tracks changes in a word’s spellings, meanings and uses over time.


As a historical dictionary, it goes beyond present-day definitions to explore how, when, and where different meanings evolved. The OED is updated and revised regularly, each time adding more depth and context. 


Start using the OED now at https://hsl.upstate.edu/oed.