The Oxford English Dictionary is the most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. Use it to find the definition or etymology of a word or quotations that include particular words or phrases by a specific author.
Access Online Databases.
1. Go to Sullivan Family Library’s home page at http://www.chaminade.edu/library
2. Click on Search For, then Databases by Title
3. Select Oxford English Dictionary (under Books and Ebooks).
4. Off campus access requires login with Chaminade ID and password.
Search - Find Word
1. Type your word in the Find Word box.
3. A single result, or list of results, will display.
4. Click on your result.
Search - Simple
1. Full text search using button (bottom of screen).
2. Search box will appear on left side
3. Type in the word or phrase you want to find.
4. Select in:
5. Click on Start Search
6. For proximity searching, click on [More options].
Search – Advanced
1. Click on (bottom of screen)
2. Search for Entries or Quotations
3. Type in search term(s) and search area.
4. Select Boolean operator (AND, OR, AND NOT, NEAR, NOT NEAR).
5. Select Options:
6. Click on Start Search.
7. Previous searches are shown on the bottom of the screen.
2. Words that Rhyme
|Occurrence of any number of characters||
To find all words and phrases beginning with work (work, worker, working, workplace, etc.)
To find pat, paint, pragmatist, etc.
Single occurrence of any character
Use one ? for each unknown letter
To find pat, pet, pit, pot, put
To find past, peat, pint, etc.
Accents are ignored
Hyphens are treated as spaces
Not case sensitive
1. Select tab:
2. Sort by (bottom left):
3. Bookmark entry
Emails link to entry (available for three days)
Reference Desk 739-4660
Updated February 2009