Making the Most of the Oxford English Dictionary. Paul Keith ASID 2011
Objectives
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 1. Describe the Oxford English Dictionary to patrons and friends 2. Prov...
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 3. Look up a word in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and “read” an e...
Sample entries from  Motor Car (Historical Thesaurus) <ul><li>motor carriage (1894) </li></ul><ul><li>motor car (1895) </l...
What it is.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is an unabridged, descriptive, authoritative, out-of-date, up-to-date, scholarly dicti...
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is not the Oxford Dictionary of English.
When to use the OED.
<ul><li>adults and high school students </li></ul><ul><li>with Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>historical meanings/histo...
When not to use the OED.
<ul><li>elementary school students </li></ul><ul><li>ESL students </li></ul><ul><li>no Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>c...
Let’s review.
Name some words you could use to describe the Oxford English Dictionary.
When should you use the OED?
When is it better to suggest another dictionary?
Where will you find a link to the OED on the CPL website?
Where can you find “historical” synonyms for a word? When might you use this feature?
 
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Making the Most of the Oxford English Dictionary

  1. 1. Making the Most of the Oxford English Dictionary. Paul Keith ASID 2011
  2. 2. Objectives
  3. 3. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 1. Describe the Oxford English Dictionary to patrons and friends 2. Provide the correct resource to the question: “I need a dictionary.”
  4. 4. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: 3. Look up a word in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and “read” an entry. 4. Find “earlier” synonyms using the Historical Thesaurus.
  5. 5. Sample entries from Motor Car (Historical Thesaurus) <ul><li>motor carriage (1894) </li></ul><ul><li>motor car (1895) </li></ul><ul><li>car (1896) </li></ul><ul><li>touring car (1903) </li></ul><ul><li>station wagon (1904) </li></ul><ul><li>town car (1907) </li></ul><ul><li>coupe (1908) </li></ul><ul><li>four seater (1909) </li></ul><ul><li>convertible (1916) </li></ul><ul><li>sports car (1919) </li></ul><ul><li>lemon (1931) </li></ul><ul><li>hard top (1949) </li></ul><ul><li>rag top (1952) </li></ul><ul><li>company car (1961) </li></ul><ul><li>second car (1966) </li></ul><ul><li>hatchback (1970) </li></ul><ul><li>pimpmobile (1971) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What it is.
  7. 7. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is an unabridged, descriptive, authoritative, out-of-date, up-to-date, scholarly dictionary of the English Language as it has been written and is written throughout the world.
  8. 8. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is not the Oxford Dictionary of English.
  9. 9. When to use the OED.
  10. 10. <ul><li>adults and high school students </li></ul><ul><li>with Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>historical meanings/history of words </li></ul><ul><li>recent words </li></ul><ul><li>very rare words </li></ul>
  11. 11. When not to use the OED.
  12. 12. <ul><li>elementary school students </li></ul><ul><li>ESL students </li></ul><ul><li>no Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>contemporary meanings </li></ul><ul><li>proper usage </li></ul>
  13. 13. Let’s review.
  14. 14. Name some words you could use to describe the Oxford English Dictionary.
  15. 15. When should you use the OED?
  16. 16. When is it better to suggest another dictionary?
  17. 17. Where will you find a link to the OED on the CPL website?
  18. 18. Where can you find “historical” synonyms for a word? When might you use this feature?

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