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  • Hi and welcome to this video tutorial on the basics of using the online version of the

  • Oxford English Dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary, often simply called the OED, is

  • an unusual dictionary because in addition to providing definitions of words, it also

  • really dives into the history of words. To look up a word in the online OED, click in

  • the Quick Search box, type in the word that you'd like to look up, and then click on the

  • red GO button. I'm going to look up the word "intelligence." Sometimes you'll have options

  • on your search results screen. I have a verb form of the word "intelligence" and a noun

  • form. I'm going to click on the noun form to go to the full entry with all of the complete

  • information about the word. Our word appears in the top of the screen, in a large font

  • and red letters, and it's followed by the pronunciation, both British and U.S. The British

  • pronunciation has a blue "play" arrow next to it; if I click on that, I can hear the audio

  • of the word being pronounced. [word is pronounced with British accent] Next to that is the

  • spelled out version of the pronunciation. If this pronunciation code doesn't make sense

  • to you, simply click on it to get the phonetic pronunciation. Now we start getting into the

  • information that the OED is so well known for. In the Forms section, we have all the

  • different known forms or spellings of the words that have been used over time. Each

  • one of these forms is accompanied by a combination of letters and/or numbers; that lets us know

  • when that form of the word was in use. For example, "ME-15" tells us that this form of

  • the word "intelligence" was in use in Middle English in the 1500s. Below that we've got

  • the Etymology. The etymology section traces the origin of the word and describes the way

  • or ways that we think the word came into the English language. Following that, we have

  • the first definition, like you might find in any dictionary. That's accompanied by a

  • list of quotes. The quotes provide evidence of this word with this definition actually

  • in use in print. The earliest time that we've been able to find this use of the word "intelligence"

  • in print is circa 1390, or approximately 1390. This quote is from an author named Gower,

  • and this is the title that it came from. And then we have the quote itself. We can click

  • on the title of the book if we want to find out more information or more quotes from this

  • author or from this title. The quotes are in chronological order, so words like "intelligence"

  • that are still in use are going to have some more modern quotes: this one is from 1992.

  • If the word continues to stay in use, the OED will continue to add more quotes to this

  • list. From there, we can move on to the second definition. Again, the second definition is

  • accompanied by quotes showing the word in use with that second definition. We have a

  • third definition and then the same thing: we have a list of chronological quotes showing

  • the word in use with this third definition. And it goes on from there. Scrolling back

  • up to the top of the screen, I wanted to point out the link to the Thesaurus. A lot of words

  • will have a thesaurus link and that provides you with a list of synonyms for the word.

  • Keep in mind the the OED is a historical dictionary, so some of these words might not seem familiar

  • and some of them might not be in use any more. You can click on any one of them to go and

  • see the entry for that word. In the middle section, we have the word we looked up in

  • combination with other words to form either compound words or phrases. We can click on

  • any of these if we would like to go and see the entry for, say, "intelligence bureau"

  • or "intelligence brief." On the far right side, we have a list of words. Our word is highlighted

  • in red. The words before or after that are the words that would appear before or after the

  • word "intelligence" if we were looking at a print version of the dictionary. This feature

  • is good if you like to browse around and try either different forms of the word or you

  • can use these arrows to scroll through and choose a different word altogether. The online

  • OED has a few other features. You can print out all the information from this entry on

  • "intelligence." You can also send yourself an email. That email will have a link that

  • will bring you back to this entry in the online OED. You can also use the citation tool. The

  • citation tool offers a suggested citation in either MLA or Chicago style. Select the

  • one you'd like. It is a suggested citation: it's computer generated so it's not always

  • perfect, so do check it against whatever style guide you're using. And lastly, if you'd like

  • to look up another word, you can always click on the OED logo to go back to the home page

  • or there's a Quick Search box here at the top of the page to look up a new word. If

  • you'd like any help using the online OED, please feel free to contact the library. You

  • should feel free to stop by and ask any staff members for help. Our web site has our current

  • hours and that's at You can always call us: our phone number is

  • 530-938-5331. Or you can even email us. Our email address is: We're

  • always happy to help! Thanks for watching and happy researching!

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