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Collection of 273 general reference and subject-specific reference books including: English language dictionaries and thesauri, Bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Irish, Italian, Spanish, Welsh), World Encyclopedia, Quotations, and abbreviations.
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.) by Angus Stevenson (Editor), Christine A. Lindberg (Editor)As Oxford's flagship American dictionary, the New Oxford American Dictionary sets the standard of excellence for lexicography in this country. With more than 350,000 words, phrases, and senses, hundreds of explanatory notes, and more than a thousand illustrations, this book is unparalleled forhaving the most comprehensive and accurate coverage of American English available. The dictionary draws on the two-billion-word Oxford English Corpus and the unrivaled citation files of the world-renowned Oxford English Dictionary to provide the most accurate and richly descriptive picture of American English ever offered in any dictionary. The Third Edition offers a thoroughlyupdated text, with revisions throughout and approximately 2,000 new words, phrases, and meanings. Many new words relate to fast-moving areas such as computing, technology, current affairs, and ecology, while others (frenemy, generation Y, hashtag, hockey mom, microblogging, and robocall) haverecently entered the popular lexicon. Usage notes have been updated in light of the most recent Corpus evidence, and a completely new in-text feature on Word Trends charts usage for rapidly changing words and phrases such as carbon, mobile, or tweet. In addition, the volume has an attractive, modernnew text design that makes entries easier to read and find. One of the hallmarks of the New Oxford American Dictionary is the way it reflects the living language. Unlike in more traditional dictionaries, where meanings are ordered chronologically according to the history of the language, each entry plainly shows the principal meaning or meanings of the word,organized by importance in today's English. Readers can be confident that the first definition they see is the one most likely to be used by people today, and is not a sense that has not been common in two centuries.Offering clear, authoritative, and precise information, with the in-depth and up-to-date coverage that users need and expect, the New Oxford American Dictionary is the benchmark by which all other American dictionaries are measured.
Publication Date: 2015
Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.) by Angus Stevenson (Editor)The foremost single volume authority on the English language, the Oxford Dictionary of English is at the forefront of language research, focusing on English as it is used today. It is informed by the most up-to-date evidence from the largest language research programme in the world, includingthe two-billion-word Oxford English Corpus. This new edition includes thousands of brand-new words and senses, as well as up-to-date encyclopedic information, and extensive appendices covering topics such as countries, heads of state, and chemical elements.New features include Word Trends which showcase language research based on the Oxford English Corpus and illuminate the extraordinary stories behind fast-changing words of everyday English. 12 months' access to Oxford's premium online dictionary and thesaurus service is included with this book, so you can get accurate definitions and synonyms wherever you are.Find out more about our living language using Oxford Dictionaries Online - updated regularly with the latest changes to words and meanings, so you have the most accurate picture of English available. Use the thousands of audio pronunciations to hear how words are spoken. Improve your confidence inwriting with helpful grammar and punctuation guides, full thesaurus information, style and usage help, and much more.
Publication Date: 2015
Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.) by Maurice Waite (Editor)This up-to-date, general purpose thesaurus offers over 300,000 synonyms and antonyms. Includes a centre section containing thematic lists, for example of animals, games, and tools, designed to help you broaden your vocabulary, improve your general knowledge, and solve quizzes and puzzles.Includes 3 months' access to Oxford Dictionaries Online at www.oxforddictionaries.com
Publication Date: 2012
Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus (2 ed.)A superb resource for writers that packs an extraordinary amount of information in a convenient, affordable paperback format, this second edition of the Pocket Oxford American Thesaurus features a new text with more than 15,000 main entries and more than 350,000 synonyms and antonyms, with sample sentences or phrases for virtually every sense. The new edition makes it easy to find the perfect word, with Oxford's unique arrangement of core senses and subsenses. We draw on the latest evidence from the Oxford English Corpus--a vast database of more than two billion words--to uncover the most common and most important meanings of words and phrases in contemporary American English. We then use these findings to organize the entries in the thesaurus, listing synonyms in order of frequency of use, so that the first choice you see is probably the one you need, and preventing you from inadvertently picking a word that is not in common use. In addition, virtually every sense includes a sample sentence drawn from the Corpus, revealing how the words are used in actual speech. And finally, the thesaurus now boasts a completely new page layout, with a more open and accessible design, with an emphasis on readability.
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Who's Who in the Twentieth CenturyFrom Albert Einstein to the Marx Brothers, this authoritative reference book provides 2000 biographies of men and women from different countries and cultures who have contributed to the thought as well as the action of the twentieth century. For anyone seeking clear and accurate information on the leading figures of this century, it is an essential work of reference. Biographies of 2,000 famous men and women of this century Leading figures from politics, religion, science, literature, medicine, cinema, sport, and many other fields of human activity Worldwide coverage, spanning all countries and cultures Authoritative entries written in a clear and accessible style Up-to-date and reliable information Ideal for browsing An essential work of reference
Oxford Dictionary of Political Biography (2 ed.) by Dennis Kavanagh (Editor), Christopher Riches (Editor)Compiled by an expert team of contributors, this dictionary covers all the major figures in world politics of the twentieth century. Authoritative and wide-ranging, it describes and assesses the lives of around 870 men and women who have shaped political events across the world.
Each entry includes an account of the background, career, and achievements of the individual concerned, balancing fact with critical appraisal.
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A current, comprehensive online literature database, Literature Resource Center supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.) by Elizabeth Knowles (Editor)The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was published in 1941 and for over 70 years this bestselling book has remained unrivalled in its coverage of quotations past and present. The eighth edition is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning the centuries and providing theultimate answer to the question, "Who said that?" Find that half-remembered line in a browser's paradise of over 20,000 quotations, comprehensively indexed for ready reference. Lord Byron may have taken the view: "I think it great affectation not to quote oneself", but for the less self-centred theOxford Dictionary of Quotations provides a quote for every occasion from the greatest minds of history and from undistinguished characters known only for one happy line.Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and unique language monitoring, over 700 new quotations have been added to this eighth edition from authors ranging from St Joan of Arc and Coco Chanel to Albrecht Durer and Thomas Jefferson. New sayings from across the ages include "Itwould not be better if things happened to men just as they wish" (the classical writer Heraclitus), "Fight on, and God will give the Victory" (the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison), and "The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed" (the writer William Gibson).
Publication Date: 2014
The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.) by Hugh Rawson; Margaret MinerWith nearly 6,000 quotations arranged historically and annotated extensively, you'll know not just who said what, but get the full story behind the quote. Follow any of the more than five hundred topics (from Abolition to Zeal) and you will get a nutshell history of what great (andnot-so-great) Americans had to say about each one. Quotations are arranged chronologically in each topic, allowing the reader to trace patterns of thought over time. Fully indexed by author (including brief biographical sketches) and keyword, this is an essential reference for anyone interested in the great people and ideas of American history.
Publication Date: 2008
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.) by Elizabeth Knowles (Editor)This new collection offers a vivid picture of the world in the 21st century, against a backdrop of the landmark events leading up to it. From Catherine Tate and the Simpsons to Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill, Modern Quotations charts the ebbs and flows of popular culture as well asmarking the key voices and watersheds for our time. An authoritative look-up reference, and an enjoyable source for browsing: the perfect gift.New quotations include:'You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.' [Homer Simpson] Matt Groening'I ain't a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life.' Woody Guthrie'I don't eat anything with a face.' Linda McCartney'Never stop because you are afraid -- you are never so likely to be wrong.' Fridtjof Nansen'I watch where the cosmetics industry is going and then walk in the opposite direction.' Anita Roddick'I wish I had invented blue jeans.' Yves Saint Laurent'Fame vaporizes, money goes with the wind, and all that's left is character.' O. J. Simpson
Publication Date: 2008
Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations by Roy Porter (Editor); Sharon Messenger (Editor); Caroline Overy (Editor); W. F. Bynum (Editor)The original words announcing great scientific discoveries, from the first 'Eureka!' to the cloning of Dolly the sheep, can all be found in this fascinating addition to the world-famous 'Oxford Quotations' range. An essential reference tool, put together over 15 years with the assistance of adistinguished team of specialist advisers, it includes full author descriptions, exact sources, and a word-finding index for easy reference. Scholarly but accessible, it also presents the human face of science, as scientists reflect on achievements and failures in their own lives and those ofothers. Darwin not only describes natural selection, but carefully assesses the pros and cons of marriage, while James Clerk Maxwell constructs an electric but poetic Valentine as well as his 'demon'. From Archimedes to Einstein and beyond, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations charts theprogress of the great ideas of science. 'Schrodinger's wave-mechanics is not a physical theory but a dodge - and a very good dodge too.' Arthur Eddington 'I have little patience with scientists who take a board of wood, look for its thinnest part and drill a great number of holes where drilling is easy.' Albert Einstein'Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.' Rosalind Franklin'I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.' Galileo Galilei'I try to identify myself with the atoms...I ask what I would do if I were a carbon atom or a sodium atom.' Linus Pauling