Sandeep Dhaliwal, our Tri-borough Reference Librarian, writes:
Did you know that the name Vera is Slavic for “faith”?
Or that the Oscar statues given out at the Academy Awards are 13 1/2 inches high?
Or who said “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks”?*
Or what the aberration of starlight is?
You can find the answer to these questions- and more questions!- in our Oxford Reference Online database.
Oxford University Press publishes many reference, professional, and academic works including the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford World’s Classics, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. A number of its most important titles are now available electronically in a package called Oxford Reference Online, and are offered free to those with a H&F library membership.
Oxford Reference Online is a vast online reference resource which combines in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum from art to zoology and has:
- Over 2 million entries across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopaedias spanning 25 different subjects
- English dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Latin
- Thesauri, and guides to English grammar and usage
- Timelines to over 2,000 key events in history including Art, Literature, Science, Technology and War
- Over 12,000 illustrations – including 6,000 in full colour with fully searchable captions and 500+ full-colour maps and flags
- Over 2,600 high-quality and carefully researched web links
Why not take a tour? It’s perfect for serious researchers and casual browsers alike! It is free to use and available 24/7 to library members.
A full list of online resources which the library service currently offers is available on our website.