Find out everything about everything! Oxford Reference Online: July’s online resource of the month

Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:

Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online

Did you know that the name Vera is Slavic for “faith”?

Or that the Oscar statues given out at the Academy Awards are 13 1/2 inches high?

Or who said “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks”?*

Or what the aberration of starlight is?

You can find the answer to these questions- and more questions!- in our Oxford Reference Online database.

Oxford University Press publishes many reference, professional, and academic works including the Oxford English DictionaryOxford World’s Classics,  and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. A number of its most important titles are now available electronically in a package called Oxford Reference Online, and are offered free to those with a K&C library membership.

Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online is a vast online reference resource which combines in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum from art to zoology and has:

  • Over 2 million entries across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopaedias spanning 25 different subjects
  • English dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Latin
  • Thesauri, and guides to English grammar and usage
  • Timelines to over 2,000 key events in history including Art, Literature, Science, Technology and War
  • Over 12,000 illustrations – including 6,000 in full colour with fully searchable captions and 500+ full-colour maps and flags
  • Over 2,600 high-quality and carefully researched web links

Why not take a tour? It’s perfect for serious researchers and casual browsers alike! It is free to use and available 24/7 to library members.

A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available on our website.


 *Albert Einstein