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The Oxford Reference Collection can be searched as a whole, within each of the following categories, or within individual references.
- English Dictionaries and Reference contains 10 Oxford dictionary and thesaurus titles, and 18 different titles of English language references including slang, proverbs, rhymes and more.
- Bi-Lingual Dictionaries contains dictionaries for nine languages.
- Quotations category contains five titles of dictionaries of quotations.
- Maps & Illustrations category contains three references including Visual English Dictionary, World Flags, and World Maps
- Timelines includes timelines on 12 themes and four countries. All timeline events are linked to entries in the full Oxford Reference Collection.
- Encyclopedia category includes A Guide to Countries of the World and the World Encyclopedia.
- Go to the English Dictionaries and Thesauruses link and click on the Browse this subject link. This interesting search option lets you browse page by page through all of the dictionaries simultaneously. Go to the H's and find the entries for the term habeas corpus. How many dictionaries have entries for this word?
- Return to the English Dictionaries and Thesauruses link and click on Links for this subject. Examine the list of links. What is the purpose for these links? Go to the link for the Guide to Grammar and Writing. What popular song is used to illustrate nouns?
- One last look at English Dictionaries and Thesauruses. Click on the link to the Visual English Dictionary. Look up the word "boat." Click on the first link for examples of boats and ships. How many examples are given?
- From the Oxford Reference home page click the link for English Language Reference. How many titles are offered in this category?
- From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to the Bilingual Dictionaries. Choose one of the dictionary titles. Enter a word in the search box. List the options available to process the information on the results screen.
- From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Quotations. Enter the word "abolish" in the search box. What is the quote from John Locke? Now click on the link to Browse this subject. Browse to the word "abolish." Follow the links for abolish and describe how these results differ from the general word search results.
- From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Maps and Illustrations. Do a search for "Syria." What type of maps are available?
- From the Oxford Reference home page click the link to Encyclopedias. Do a search on Syria. Explore the links to the World Encyclopedia and A Guide to Countries of the World. Consider the difference between the two resources. According to the introduction for A Guide to Countries of the World, what is the purpose of this source?
- From the Oxford Reference home page click in the Quick Search Box. Search for the term "recycling." How many entries are in the results screen? Explore a few of the topics from the the Refine by Subject list. When would this type of refinement be useful?