What is Oxford Dictionaries?
Oxford Dictionaries provides up-to-date online English dictionaries, thesauruses, and writing guidance from the world’s most trusted dictionaries.
It offers quick-search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style, usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for job applications, CVs, legal, and technical writing.
Essential for writers, copyeditors, business professionals, linguists, academics, teachers, students, and non-native speakers.
How do I use it?
- Updated four times a year with the most current meanings and the latest new words
- Unsurpassed content offering more than 350,000 entries and definitions and 600,000 synonyms and antonyms
- Help for creating the perfect CV, business letter, or covering letter for job applications
- Link to the OxfordWords blog and follow on Twitter @OxfordWords
- Use the Vocabulary Builder to enrich creative writing
- Comprehensive Writing Skills including grammar and punctuation where good writing starts, style and usage to write effectively and create the right impression, and quick spelling tips
- Specialist dictionaries for writers and editors include New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and Garner's Dictionary of Legal Usage
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- Click the icon to hear how a word is pronounced
- 1.9 million extra example sentences showing words as they are really used in today's English Thesaurus
- Find synonyms for the specific sense of a word in the dictionary
- Quick search thesaurus
How do I access it?
Your local public library can give you access within the library, or from home, at the website http://www.oxforddictionaries.com. Simply type in your library card number into the log in box on the website to access the resource.
How do I promote it?
We have a number of ways to help you get the most out of Oxford Dictionaries Pro, all available via the Librarian Resource Centre, and all free of charge!
Find all this and more at our page for librarians.
- Free promotional materials
- Short introductory PowerPoints
- Live online training sessions
- Recorded sessions from the training team
- Download logos and banners
- Training fact sheets (with ideas for training sessions)
- Usage statistics
- MARC records
Our training team are happy to visit libraries for in-house, group sessions – just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org