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Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. The Second Edition of the OED is currently available as a 20-volume print edition, on CD-ROM, and now also online. Updated quarterly with at least 1000 new and revised entries, OED Online offers unparalleled access to the ‘greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced’ (Newsweek). See http://dictionary.oed.com/public/inside/ for more information on the Oxford English Dictionary

Materials indexed: Definitions of 600,000 English words and 2.4 million quotations

 
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OED: Oxford English Dictionary 
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E-book 
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Unlimited 
Update frequency
Quarterly 
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Print equivalents
Oxford English dictionary 
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Help
http://dictionary.oed.com/help/ 
Subjects
English, Liberal Studies, Publishing, World Literature 
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yes 
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Not for commercial use. Only for Authorized Users. 
Allows coursepacks
yes 
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Not for commercial use. Only for Authorized Users. 
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no 
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