Digital Reference from OUP

Welcome to Digital Reference, the electronic arm of the Reference Department of the Academic Division at Oxford University Press.

If you are looking for information about the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, please visit the Oxford Online website.

This page outlines the opportunities for data licensing for product development and language engineering research and development.

See examples of licensed products using reference material from OUP

For over 150 years, Oxford's hallmarks of integrity and authority have been adapted to meet the changing needs of dictionary and reference users.

Today Oxford's Digital Reference range offers total language accessibility and advanced functionality. As the world's best-known global dictionary brand and the publishers of the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press is a repository of language expertise and has teams of editors constantly working on new editions.

Digital Reference comprises the various electronic uses of Reference, and both English and bilingual dictionary material. This page provides an overview of what we do, and details of how to contact us. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Oxford's Digital Reference Product Range

  • We and our partners have worked hard to produce the highest quality CD-ROMs of Oxford dictionaries, thesauruses, and other reference products.
  • We have a range of e-books
  • Oxford Dictionaries is Oxford’s site for people who are passionate about language, with dynamic content including "Word of the Day", quotes, wordgames and crossword puzzles, factual articles and language learning content .
  • Oxford Online brings together our subscription services for reference and monograph material.

Bespoke services: any of the material from our online services can be used on Intranets, Extranets and syndicated to your website or portal in a variety of ways. Please contact us for more details.

Data Licensing

In addition to making our material available to our customers via our own products, Oxford has a positive attitude to licensing its unique high-quality dictionary and reference resources. All of our key titles are available in XML and/or SGML with the structural elements discretely tagged. Please contact us for more details.

Oxford University Press will also consider proposals from academic research teams to use Oxford lexical data under special licensing terms. Please see here for more details.

Distribution Partnership

Oxford University Press has entered into an agreement with The European Language resources Distribution Agency to distribute some of our resources for academic research. If you are an ELRA/ELDA member, please contact ELDA for more details.