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Survey of English Literature I: Welcome/Dictionaries

This guide has been created to support student research in ENGL 200, Survey of English Literature I.

What is the Oxford English Dictionary?

Oxford English Dictionary

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

And What About the Middle English Dictionary?


This guide was created to assist students taking ENGL 200, Survey of English Literature I, but all are welcome to use it. This guide will help you find books, articles, and other resources related to your research.

Survey of English Literature i (Course offered at Siena College)

From the Siena College Catalog:

ENGL 200: Survey of English Literature I: This course introduces students to English literature from Beowulf to Swift. Students will analyze texts within their historical and cultural contexts, examine the development of several literary genres, and trace the history of the English language, including Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English periods. (ATTR: ARTS)


More Dictionaries of the English Language

The dictionaries listed in this research guide include the most important dictionaries of the English language and are just a selection from those available from the Standish Library.

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