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The Research Potential of the Electronic OED Database at the University of Waterloo: A case study

Donna Lee Berg (Librarian, a freelance researcher, and writer)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 April 1991

Abstract

The online database of the second edition of the OED, combined with tools developed at the University of Waterloo, gives researchers a unique opportunity to explore the dictionary in depth and in ways that would either be impossible or too time consuming to contemplate by manual means. However, the OED database is an unusually complex reference text. It makes use of many technical terms and abbreviations, and employs numerous structural and typographical conventions to alert users to elements within entries. The author discusses the history and structure of the OED database as well as tools developed to manipulate the database. Four sample searches are discussed in an appendix to the article.

Citation

Lee Berg, D. (1991), "The Research Potential of the Electronic OED Database at the University of Waterloo: A case study", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 37-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047834

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MCB UP Ltd

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