Reference Spotlight — Oxford Reference Online is new & improved!

Written by Jason Stuart, Reference Librarian

Oxford University Press has just released a new turbocharged version of Oxford Reference Online. In place of the dull look of the previous version, Oxford has created a dynamic and intuitive interface that invites exploration. Check this video for an overview:


An upgraded interface is not the only new feature of the database. Oxford has vastly increased the quantity and quality of the content. The previous short-entry dictionaries remain, but joining them are long-entry resources like the Companion to American Law, and the Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford has also added many bilingual dictionaries. In all, the database provides full-text access to 238 Oxford reference titles, encompassing nearly 1.75 million entries. Other nice features include options to create a personal account, share entries on social media sites, and generate a citation in APA, Chicago, or MLA style. With top-of-the-line reference databases like CredoReference and Oxford Reference Online there is simply no excuse for citing Wikipedia in your work!

To begin using Oxford Reference Online, click here. First-time users may also wish to view this instructional video: