Oxford English Dictionary
This guide will explain how to use the digital version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
You can print or download this Oxford English Dictionary helpsheet [1.4 MB].
The OED is a guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words – past and present – from the English speaking world. You can access it in any West Sussex library and 24/7 from your computer, tablet or smartphone once you are a member.
Go to eInformation: Online Reference Library and click A-Z of electronic resources.
Then scroll down to Oxford English Dictionary. If not using a library computer you will need to sign in using your library card number under the heading 'Already a subscriber?'.
Searching for a word
To search for a word, type it into the ‘Quick search’ box and click on ‘GO’.
The word you have searched for will be displayed.
You can use the ‘Help’ function to find out how to carry out more advanced searches of the OED or use other resources linked to the dictionary.
Other ways we can help you find the information that you need:
This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2020.