Oxford Reference

Connect to this Database

Oxford Reference is the home of Oxford’s quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource.  Newly relaunched with a brand new look and feel, and specifically designed to meet the needs and expectations of reference users, Oxford Reference provides quality, up-to-date reference content at the click of a button. Made up of two main collections, both fully integrated and cross-searchable, Oxford Reference couples Oxford’s trusted A-Z reference material with an intuitive design to deliver a discoverable, up-to-date, and expanding reference resource.

Oxford Quick Reference: Quickly check a fact, or find out key information about a concept, person, or term

  • A collection of over 125 core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted quick results that users can trust
  • Monthly updating programme to maintain currency of content
  • Full content releases 3 times a year with new titles and updated editions
  • Collection available by annual subscription to individuals and institutions worldwide

Oxford Reference Library: Research a term, concept, or person in-depth with articles and essays

  • Pick and mix from over 180 in-depth and specialist titles from Oxford’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions, and a critical selection of partner publishers’ specialist scholarly works
  • Delve deeper into a subject, furthering your research needs
  • New titles added and available for purchase throughout the year
  • Available for purchase by institutions on a title-by-title basis

Visit the Title Lists page to view a complete list of titles available in Oxford Quick Reference and the Oxford Reference Library

Key Features

  • NEW Overview pages: Over 300,000 pages defining each unique term in Oxford Reference, together with clever onward navigation, all completely free and discoverable from the open web
  • NEW Timelines: 270 free Timelines organized by time period, area, and theme, with each event linked to a free entry in Oxford Reference
  • NEW Intuitive design and functionality: Navigate to content quickly and easily with enhanced linking and Overview pages
  • NEW Quotations titleOxford Essential Quotations
  • Quick & Advanced search: Catering for all levels of user, and allowing you to save time with fast, simple searching, sorting and filtering across broad or specific search terms
  • Customization: Keep your research organized by saving your research journey, favourite titles, and entries, saving valuable research time
  • Share content: With integrated tools including social bookmarking, email, and citation export
  • Illustrations: Many illustrated entries and articles, including colour photographs, line diagrams, maps, flags, and tables


On-Campus Link