Freelance Bibliographical Researcher roles

Freelance Bibliographical Researcher roles

2x Freelance Bibliographical Researcher roles

Application deadline: 10 December 2021

Oxford Languages is a department of Oxford University Press and is the world’s leading dictionary publisher. Our world-class language research programme builds on over 150 years of experience and technological innovation to deliver authoritative, evidence-based content in more than 50 languages.

From bespoke language datasets to self-service APIs to our flagship Oxford English Dictionary (OED), all Oxford Languages content is uniquely curated and delivered by our expert team of lexicographers, linguists, and language technologists to the highest of standards.

The Oxford English Dictionary is the premier reference work in its field, documenting the English language from the Middle Ages to the present day. A team of 70 lexicographers and researchers, based mainly in Oxford, is currently updating the full text of the dictionary.

About the Role

We are looking for two Bibliographical Researchers to undertake freelance work on the OED’s quotation evidence, starting in January 2022.

Researchers will be asked to produce thorough, detailed investigations into the publication history and internal structure of texts used as sources of OED quotation evidence (using both historical databases and physical library copies); to return findings in a concise, easily-interpreted form; to find and transcribe new evidence; and to proofread and correct existing evidence accurately and thoroughly.

Candidates will be required to complete an aptitude test and may be called for interview. Interviews will take place virtually.

About you

Successful candidates would need to be free to accept freelance work from January 2022 onwards, and will have demonstrable experience of using various resources to investigate or research a topic for a degree, professional qualification, or for work or personal interest. They must also be able to:

  • retrieve and assimilate information in diverse fields
  • produce consistently high-quality and accurate work
  • demonstrate excellent knowledge of English, including syntax and grammar
  • distinguish between different senses of the same word
  • demonstrate some knowledge of the history of text production
  • work independently
  • react positively to constructive feedback

We would particularly welcome applications from those with proximity to a legal deposit or other very large research library: work will regularly need to be carried out in one of these libraries (e.g. the British Library, the Bodleian Library).

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