Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) provides full-text access to over 1,700 editions, showcasing their authoritative editorial notes directly alongside the text and enabling advanced search within and between editions. OSEO contains material written from writers active between the 8th and 20th century, plus Classical Latin and Greek authors, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the writings of Aeschylus, Austen, Ovid, and Virgil, the poetry of John Donne, and works by Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham.

Each title within the collection presents the full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor, accompanied by the editor’s record of important variations in that text, and interpretative and explanatory notes. Most also have introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, and explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text.

OSEO allows users to:

  • Search the complete text — browse each text’s editor’s record of important variations, and interpretative and explanatory notes
  • Be assured of authoritative and reliable content with scholarly accreditation — ensuring interpretations and ideas are based on accurately edited texts
  • Utilize excellent searching and linking facilities — to find obscure quotes or specific chapters, scenes, or lines quickly and easily
  • Invest time and research in a growing research library, with future updates bringing to life hundreds of scholarly editions of works from all periods up to the 20th century
  • Access the editions anywhere, anytime — have a consistent research discussion or teach a class across the world because everyone is using the same edition

See the title lists for all available Oxford Scholarly Editions Online collections.

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