1. You must have a current and working Unity or Eos computer account to access the OED or any of the other very useful databases provided to you by the library. If you don't have a Unity account and want one, or need your account updated, go to this site: http://www.ncsu.edu/it/essentials/your_unity_account/get_started.html
Once you have a Unity or Eos account follow this procedure. First
go the the library home page:
Then select Databases under Search the Collection
Then select "O," from the Alphabet List
Then select "Oxford English Dictionary"
You will then, unless already logged in on a campus computer, be
prompted to login to a secure server.
Under Affiliation Status choose NC State Unversity
The screen will
ask you to fill in your unity user id (the part of your email before
@ sign), and then your password.
For type of cookie, choose One Hour Any Address
When you get to the OED
home page, select Enter OED online
3. Looking up Words in The Oxford English DictionaryEnter your word in the Find Word box, top right. Press "search" to get the definition.
For any word, the word is defined in black, but the examples of how
the word has been used by real writers over the past 8 centuries are
found via the Quotations
button. If you want to see a graph of when a certain meaning was
used, try the Date Chart
option. These two features make this the premiere research dictionary
for British literature.
An example of an OED definition entry:
6. Offensive to normal tastes or sensibilities; exciting aversion or repugnance; disgusting, repulsive, odious. ? Obs. exc. as in sense 7.