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Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Two million digitised entries across Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopaedias, spanning 24 different subject areas including; Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Classical Studies, Encyclopaedias, English Dictionaries and Thesauri, History, Language Reference, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Medicine and Heath, Music, Names Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Quotations, Religion, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Society and Culture.

The resource

Oxford Quick Reference

A core foundation or 135+ academic subject, language and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted short-entry content.

  • A monthly updating program checks and revises articles for top levels of accuracy
  • New titles and editions released three times a year
  • Exclusive, online-only dictionaries widen the coverage of areas of study

Oxford Reference Library

200+ in-depth, specialised titles from Oxford's award-winning Encyclopaedias and Companions.

  • New titles and editions are added throughout the year
  • Includes some of Oxford's most well-known titles such as The Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Oxford Classical Dictionary 

Search and discover

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need
  • Narrow your choices by reference type, subject, or content type
  • Search within results or by images only
  • Browse by subject or reference type, including timelines, quotations, and dictionaries
  • Expand your research with links to related content and related overviews
  • Navigate to relevant content - all content in Oxford Reference is fully cross-searchable, and linked to the Oxford Index

Sharing and personalisation tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results
  • Export entries to citation software
  • Save research journeys, and entries for future reference

From a library computer:

Go to Oxford Reference

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

From home:

Go to Oxford Reference

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Frequently asked questions

I am using the Wi-Fi in the library. Why can't I use Oxford Reference?

This e-resource uses an IP address range to automatically log in if you are using a library computer. The Wi-Fi service is provided on a different IP address range which is not registered with Oxford Reference. You will need to book a computer to use this e-resource.

I am using a library computer but still cannot use Oxford Reference?

You will need to speak to a member of staff so they can report the problem to the Service Desk.

I am trying to log in from home but have forgotten my library card number?

You will need to visit your local library with identification and proof of address (i.e. driving licence, utility bill) so we can look you up and provide you with your library card number.

Central Library


Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
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