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Oxford English Dictionary

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OED Online

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)
Oxford University Press
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The OED Online contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3).

The OED Online can be used for finding definitions, etymologies, and quotations for when a word was first used.  The advanced search options allow for searches to be conducted on first cited author, first cited source, and first cited date, among others. 

The OED is currently being revised, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition by the year 2010.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Linguistics
  • Victorian Studies
  • Philosophy
  • English and American Language and Literature

Library of Congress Subjects:

English language--Dictionaries.