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Oxford Dictionaries and Oxford Online reference library

You can use Oxford Reference online resources for free as a library member

  • Oxford Dictionaries

    The OED is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, past and present. To access the OED free from a home or office computer using your Islington library card, just click on the link above and fill in your library membership number where indicated.

  • Oxford Reference Online

    ORO brings together over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works into a single, cross-searchable resource.

  • Oxford Art Online

    Oxford Art Online combines Grove Art with the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, to create the most extensive and easily searchable online art resource available today, a virtual art reference library of unparalleled scope and depth.

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

    The ODNB details the lives of over 55,000 people who have shaped British history over the last 2,400 years - from Julius Caesar and Boudicca to Princess Diana and Sid Vicious. Includes 10,000 portrait illustrations.

  • Oxford Bibliographies

    Oxford Bibliographies provides faculty and students alike with a seamless pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Every article in our database is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.

  • Very short introductions online

    The Very Short Introductions online resource provides the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. You can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a particular subject.

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