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Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition
On-line Version

COMPARISON OF THE OED ELECTRONIC FORMATS

OED on CD-ROM
OED on-line
Enables to limit a search to :
  • Headword, e.g. entire entry
  • Particular section of the entry, such as
    • Definition
    • Etymology
    • Quotation
    • Greek script
    • Phonetic list
    • Variant form list
    • Phrases etc. list
    • Date
    • Part of speech
    • Language
    • Cited from
  • Headword, e.g. entire entry
  • Particular section of the entry, such as:
    • Definition
    • Etymology
    • Quotations
    • Label
Search Engine
  • Search word (look up and matches your word exactly)
  • Browse Entries (matches all forms beginning with the word or stem you type)
  • Entire Entries (all entries containing the word or phrase you specify)
  • Operators -- “and” “not” “or” “exclusive not”
  • Proximity Search (ordered and regular)
  • Wild card “?” and “*”
  • Non Roman Characters and Symbols
  • Combining different search fields
  • Combining queries
  • Linking definition and quotation fields
  • Specify settings on/off:
    • case sensitive
    • treat hyphen as search character
    • accents and diacritics
    • resolvable special characters
  • Search word (look up and matches your word exactly)
  • Browse Entries (matches all forms beginning with the word or stem you type)
  • Entire Entries (all entries containing the word or phrase you specify)
  • Operators -- “and” “not” “or”
  • Proximity Search (ordered and regular)
Display options
  • Word Look-up with 3 styles of displaying the results:
    • List of entries
    • Line of text
    • List + Text
  • Map (diagrammatic representation of the entry)
  • Font menu (gives a choice of colors, fonts and sizes for the entry display)
  • Keep the displayed entry while viewing another entry
  • Browsing (7 options)
  • Cross-references
  • List Contents
    • Word list
    • Variant form list
    • Phonetic list
    • Greek list
    • Limit of 8000 hits
  • Word Lookup (matches your word exactly, omit all diacritics)
  • a browseable index of headwords
  • index of all entries containing the word or phrase you specify
  • words with the etymology information you supply
Maneuvering among hits list and documents
  • Display menu
  • Map
  • Scroll bar or the PgDn and PgUp keys
  • Result window can be resized
  • A maximum of three entries in addition to the base window can be displayed at once
  • Allows to associate comments with the result file
  • Browser’s navigational buttons (back and forward)
  • Scroll bar
  • only one result window can be displayed at once
Saving/printing results Allows for saving the results file into word-processing program. Printing can be done from the saved file when word-processing program is run. Depends on capabilities of your browser
Help documentation Publisher’s User’s Guide, Program Help file On-line help text file with hypertext links to/from related documents on OED.
Dependability Reliable Erratic; usually excellent but depends on local resource use, ports available, and network traffic.
Overall user-friendliness easy to use, fast easy to use, speed depends on a browser and computer characteristics


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