Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Each library holds a selection of print dictionaries and encyclopedias. The library search will include links to online reference information in its search results.

You can also connect directly to databases providing online dictionaries and encyclopedias, such as the following:

* database included in the library search

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Connect to Oxford English Dictionary Online

Access restrictions

  • Database is not included in the main library search
  • Anyone with a UWE Bristol login can access this database


The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.


Updated quarterly


Oxford University Press



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