Oxford Reference Online

includes 2 million digitized entries from Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias

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31 Dec 2024

Oxford Reference included in-depth, specialized titles from Oxford University Press’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions, and a selection of partner publishers’ scholarly works. It offers access to over 125 core academic, subject, language and quotations dictionaries.  The content is updated monthly, and new titles and new editions are added three times each year. 

Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Classical Studies, History, Language Reference, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Medicine and Health, Music, Names Studies, Performing Arts, Quotations, Philosophy, Religion, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Society and Culture

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  • Overview pages: Over 300,000 pages defining each unique term in Oxford Reference, with links to related entries, helping you begin your research journey
  • Timelines: 270 historic timelines organized by period, area, and theme, with each event linked to a free entry in Oxford Reference
  • Quotations: Oxford Essential Quotations is accessible to global users
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