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ENG 350: Charlotte Brontë (2021)

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is a historical dictionary, which means it details the historical meaning of the word over time so you will find more than just the current definition of the word.

Searching for sources

Each entry in the dictionary aims to show the earliest example of the  in a published work and then a range of examples over time. For this assignment, you will need to locate one of the published sources. To locate a source, click on the source link in the entry:

The OED includes books, articles, and newspapers, so you may need to do some research to figure out what type of source you're looking at. If the OED provides more information about your source, follow those links. Otherwise, you should google the title of the source and the author (if available) to determine what type of source you're looking for. 

Sources published before 1924 are in the public domain and should be easier to find online.

A few places you might find a digitized source: 

Google Books

Haithi Trust

First Edition

The Oxford English Dictionary was originally published in fascicles between 1884 and 1928. Supplements were published from 1933 - 1986. 

In the library
Call Number: HU Reference PE1625 .N53 1888