Dictionaries

  • English language dictionaries

    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference includes English dictionaries.

    A variety of English dictionaries are available in the Library, shelved at 423 (Headington, Wheatley and Harcourt Hill libraries). You'll also find thesauri and dictionaries of English synonyms shelved at 423.1

    Foreign language dictionaries

    • Oxford dictionaries is a collection of fully searchable bilingual dictionaries in French, Chinese, Spanish, and Italian. The database also includes a wide range of language learning resources and study materials.
    • Oxford Reference includes bilingual dictionaries for French, Spanish, German and Italian.

    Check the guide Language resources: a guide to finding information (Word or PDF) - for details of foreign language dictionaries and language-learning materials available in the Library.

    Dictionaries of subjects and people

    • Oxford Reference gives access to Oxford University Press reference books on a wide variety of subjects.
    • Dictionary of national biography - an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest  to modern times. 

    The Library also holds a wide variety of subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias, online and in print format. Check the relevant Library Subject Help page for details of these.