Home page

This section describes the Home page in detail.

To get started with searching and browsing straight away, see:

Quick start

Quick search


This page contains information on:

Site header

Search panel

Browse panel

Other resources

The library module

Site header

Across the top of the screen is the Site header which contains links to administrative and information resources. These appear on every page:

About links to information about Oxford Reference (OR).

What’s New is information about current updates and developments.

Subscriber Services provides help and contact details for questions about your subscription, and account management facilities for library administrators.

Contact Us tells you who to contact for subscription and purchase options, and how to contact customer services with your feedback.

Take a Tour takes you on a tour of the key features of OR.

Help opens these Help pages.


You can return to the Home page from any other part of OR by clicking on the Oxford Reference logo.


Search panel



To look up a term, type it into the Search box and click search button or press Enter.


More information on searching

Quick Search

Advanced Search

Browse panel

subject browse panel

The Browse panel is just below the search panel. You can browse the contents of OR by:

Subject (e.g. Archaeology, Literature, Social sciences). Click on a subject to view a list of matching entries below the Browse panel. You can narrow down the list using the filter panel on the left, and switch to book view to see all titles in that subject area.

Reference Type (e.g. Timelines, English Dictionaries). Click on a reference type to view the list of matching entries.

More information on browsing


Other resources


The latest information about OR. Click RSS button to subscribe to the RSS feed.

Did you know?

An interesting piece of information from one of the entries in OR is posted here every day. Click RSS button to subscribe to the RSS feed, or email link button to sign up for email updates.

Your search history

my content


Click for a list of the entries/books you have viewed most recently. Return to any of the items on the list by selecting it.

my searches

Click for a list of the searches you have run so far. Select any of the searches in the list to view its results.

The library module

The library module gives you information about your OR account. It appears on every page.

The name of your account is at the top of the box.

To sign out from the library, click .

Click on Search your library's resources to search other libraries made available by your library administrator.

1. Type or paste the term you want to find in the Search box.

2. Select the library you want to search from the list.

3. Click go button or press Enter.

4. The results of your search are displayed in another window.

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