Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.

The Premium Collection offers a huge range of fully-indexed, extensively linked, up to date, and cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions series. Literature and Western Civilization Collections are also available to Premium Collection subscribers for a small extra charge. Oxford Reference Online combines rich and accessible resources offered by acclaimed titles in the Oxford Companions series with authoritative quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum. Since launch, the site has expanded to include access to over 200 ready reference dictionaries, as well as an ever-growing list of Oxford Companions titles; over 16,500 political and geographical maps, figures, and illustrations; and timelines to key events throughout history.

Subscribers to the Premium Collection have access to the following content:

  • 328 reference titles - everything from Art to Zoology!
  • Over 1.4 million entries, many from an expanding range of acclaimed titles in the Oxford Companion series, extensively cross-referenced - that's over 107,000,000 editorially vetted words
  • 16,000+ illustrations, including colour photographs, line diagrams and tables
  • 47 Timelines linking thousands of key events in the areas of Art and Architecture; Performing Arts; Literature; Politics and Government; Society; Science, Technology and Medicine; and War. Timelines covering the history of individual countries such as the UK and US are also available. Each event is linked to a carefully-selected article, making research and discovery quick and easy.
  • 775+ locator, physical and political maps for each country of the world, with over 120 island maps, state maps for North America, Canada, and Mexico, and more than 100 city maps, plus the flags of the world
  • 36,000+ invaluable bibliographies
  • 167,000+ biographical entries, all cross-referenced and where possible linked to entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, American National Biography, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online and Who's Who
  • Over 3,000 editorially selected external weblinks, at entry, book and subject level
  • New and revised titles added regularly
  • Entries checked and updated throughout the year

More information is available at Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection

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