Shorter Oxford English Dictionary By Angus Stevenson

The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM features the full text of the Sixth Edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, which is a complete update of this unique reference work. Based on the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the Shorter contains an incredible one-third of the coverage of the Oxford English Dictionary, is just one-tenth of the size, and includes all words in current English from 1700 to the present day, with senses organized chronologically, plus the vocabulary of Shakespeare, the Bible and other major works in English from before 1700.
The CD-ROM is designed to run on both Windows and Apple Macintosh computers. With an elegant interface providing quick and intutitive searching, it also has advanced searching facilities for in-depth exploration, allowing searching of the definitions, eytmologies, subject, geographical region of use, register, and source language, as well as the ability to limit searches by the date of a word's first recorded usage. There is also an automatic look-up facility; by double-clicking on a word in a document or web page the user can view the entry for that word. Sound recordings enable you to listen to standard British pronunciations for over 100,000 words. In addition it features a crossword puzzle solver and anagram solver.
System Requirements
Supported operating systems: Windows: Intel(r) Pentium(r) III 1GHz or faster processor (or equivalent); 512MB of RAM; Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Widows 2000. Macintosh: PowerPC(r) G3 500MHz or faster processor, 512MB of RAM or Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor, 512MB of RAM; Mac OS x 10.3.9 or later (Power PC) or MacOS x 10.4 x or 10.5 x (Intel). All platforms: 300MB free hard disk space; monitor with 1024x768 pixels and high colour (16 bits per pixel, i.e. 65,536 colours); CD-ROM drive; 16-bit sound card. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

review Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Yes. I am a writer. I love my OED. 9780199231768 I particularly liked the chapter that covered the letter N 9780199231768 This dictionary doesn't need any review from me. It is a treasure: clarifying meanings, usage, pronunciation and spellings. A dangerous distraction as you open a page at random and get caught in the web of words. 9780199231768 Title: Trumble, W., Siefring, J., & Bailey, C. (2007). The shorter Oxford English dictionary (6th ed.) (2 vols.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Reviewer: Jessica L. Cooper

Type: Dictionary

Call Number: REF 423

Brief Description: This etymological dictionary traces the meanings of words in the English language throughout history. It is the abridged version of the massive, multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary.

Cost: $175.00

Review Citation: Bemis, M. (2007). [Review of The shorter Oxford English dictionary]. Library Journal. Retrieved from

Relevance and Relationship: This text gives the current meanings of terms as well as their meanings throughout history allowing students who are reading older books, essays, poems, and plays to find the correct meaning of terms in context. As the library does not have an etymological dictionary, this would be a valuable resource for readers studying historical works or literary classics. It can also be a fun resource for students wanting to investigate more “hip” terms that are new to the language. This two volume work is a bit pricey but is worth it as there is nothing comparable to this work in the school’s library.

Purpose: While this is an abridged version, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary still contains a plethora of terms for study, and each term is given considerable treatment. Over half a million words and over 800,000 example quotes from over 7000 authors are included in the two volumes. It is a valuable resource for historical and literary studies.

Validity: The complete version of the Oxford English Dictionary is a very reputable source used and praised by the academic community. This shorter version has been hailed as a valuable resource for smaller libraries. The Shorter OED received glowing reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Choice. As the need for this type of dictionary illustrates, terms do change over time; however, since students will mostly be using this to aid their understanding of more archaic words, this new edition should not need to be replaced for several years. However, it should be noted that this new edition has added a great deal of new terms that have appeared in our language. Terms included must have five examples in five different printed sources over five years.

Format: The dictionary is in print and is in two volumes. This version is easier to read than past version, using a better font and page layout including increased white space. Examples of usage are placed in tinted boxes.

Arrangement and Presentation: A detailed guide for using the dictionary is provided in the introduction. Words are listed alphabetically and the meanings for each word are listed chronologically. Examples of usage are provided for each term.

Diversity: This dictionary will be helpful for students researching documents and analyzing literature but also for ESL students who need more to understand word connotations than can be found in regular dictionaries. Reluctant readers may also be interested to browse for new words included, such as “d’oh”—popularized by infamous cartoon character Homer Simpson.