Last Updated: Sep 12, 2023 Views: 25
In Summer 2023, Oxford English Dictionary introduced a new website. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with it by watching the following video and review Getting Started if you need help.
From sfpl.org, click the Research & Learn tab and then select Articles & Databases, or go directly to sfpl.org/databases. It might be helpful to bookmark the link for quicker access to this page in the future.
Filter by Letter "O". You may also filter by the Topic "Encyclopedias & Dictionaries" to locate this online resource.
Scroll down to Oxford English Dictionary, then click its access link.
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Click the person icon to confirm your connection to the Library subscription. If San Francisco Public Library doesn't appear under Institutional access, then repeat Steps 1 through 4.
Type in the search box at the top of the page to locate specific words. As you type, OED will display suggested words.
Click the word to learn more about it.
You may also access Factsheet, Meaning & use, Etymology, Pronunciation, Forms, and Compounds & derived words.
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