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.
Once you have a Unity or Eos account follow this procedure. First
go the library home page:
Then select Databases under search books, articles, library web site box
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 University
The screen will ask you to fill in your unity user id (the part of your
email before the @ 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 Dictionary
Enter your word in the Quick Search box, top left. 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 most used, try the Time Line 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.