We’ve created a series of videos to help you get the most out of the OED. Choose from the selections below to learn more about how to use some of the OED’s features.
Explore the different views available for entries, and become familiar with the information being displayed in entry pages.
Learn how to access and use the quick search function, along with some quick shortcuts for word group searching.
Understand how to access a results page depending on a variety of topics such as subject, language of origin, date of entry, and more. This can be especially useful if you are searching for very specific.
Learn more about the navigation aid and information displayed to the right of entry pages, and how the sidebar can provide in-depth information about the word you are examining.
Become familiar with the list of results displayed after a search, and how they are organised.
Explore another way to search OED entries, according to subject, usage, region, or origin.
Learn how to search the OED by a specific source, and how to quickly find a full list of quotations from an author.
See where the help section is located on the public pages, and how to get in contact with the OED team for further assistance.
Historical Thesaurus guides
The Historical Thesaurus of the OED: categories
Learn about how the Historical Thesaurus is structured and how to start exploring this resource.
Using the Historical Thesaurus of the OED in research
Learn how the Historical Thesaurus can be used to find different words for a particular concept over time, and to explore patterns within semantic fields.