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Oxford Reference Collections

The Oxford Reference site is the platform that hosts three main reference collections for institutions to choose from:

Oxford Quick Reference:        A foundational service with 135+ core Oxford Dictionaries feature short entry content (*also                                                        available for individual subscription)

Oxford Reference Library:      A collection of 200+ more in-depth, specialist Encyclopedias and Companions that can be                                                        purchased on a title-by-title basis

Oxford Reference PREMIUM:  All the titles in the foundational Quick Reference service plus a selection of in-depth, single-                                                    volume works from Reference Library, many of them being Oxford Companions


If you have any questions about building or selecting your Oxford Reference collection, please don't hesitate to contact our team. Or, view the Title List page for more information about the works available within each collection.



Navigating the Oxford Reference site

Each link below provides a guide to the core elements involved when researching with Oxford Reference.

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Types of Reference Entries
What a Book Looks Like on Oxford Reference
What an Entry Looks Like on Oxford Reference
Overview Pages
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The Oxford Index
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