Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oxford English Dictionary Online: Changes to URL and New Features

On November 30, 2010 the website address for Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online changed to http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://www.oed.com. Library users may access this database directly through URL or go the the Library database web page. The old URL will continue to be availabl e until March 31, 2011 to allow time to update bookmarks and other links from the site.

All current standard web browsers will be supported, including Internet Explorer for Windows (version 7 and higher), Firefox Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher), Safari Mac and Windows (versions 3 and higher), Opera Mac and Windows (versions 9 and higher), and Google Chrome Mac and Windows. If you are currently running Internet Explorer 6, it is advised that you upgrade.

In addition to greater search functionality, the new website includes the entire text of the Historical Thesaurus to the OED (published in book form in 2009), allowing searchers to follow semantic links throughout the dictionary. For example, go to the OED's entry for utopia, and follow the Thesaurus links to the terms heaven (Old English), Cockaigne (c1305), El Dorado (1596), nonesuch (a1618), Fiddler's Green (1825), never-never land (1900), the Big Rock Candy Mountain (1917), etc. More information about other new features can be found at http://www.oed.com/public/welcome/welcome-to-the-new-edition.

Questions? Please contact Tamara Weintraub, Collection Management/Subscriptions Librarian.

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