Answered By: Kelly Bradish Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 Views: 20
Oxford Reference is a full-text core collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, guides, companions, and other reference sources from Oxford Press.
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A Quick Search box is located in the upper right corner of the home page. You can enter search terms here and click on the orange magnifying glass to proceed. Or, you can click the Advanced Search link above this search box and proceed from there.
After entering search terms, the next page will show a results list. You may see padlock icons next to some of the results; these are resources that are not part of our collection.
To view only the results that have full text available, which we recommend, check the "Show full text results only" box (pictured) on the left side of the search results.
Each result is an entry or an Overview page.
There is an Overview page for every unique sense of a term (or topic) in this database. Overview pages provide navigational guides to a topic and contain a heading, a short definition from an Oxford Reference entry, and links to a selection of other entries on that topic and to related topics.
If your term could refer to more than one topic, these are listed under Did you mean: Choose any of the options to search on that topic.
The number of results (and your search criteria) appears at the top of the list.
Switch to book view to see the results of your search as books. The matching results are listed on one or more page(s).
You can narrow down your results using the options to the left of the Results list. These options include Reference Type, Subject and more.