9.397 the OED online & on CD

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Wed, 20 Dec 1995 01:06:45 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 397.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: Jim Marchand <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu> (5)
Subject: OED2 online

[2] From: "Gregory J. Murphy" (13)
Subject: OED online

[3] From: B.C.Allan@massey.ac.nz (13)
Subject: Re: 9.391 online OED?

Date: Mon, 19 Dec 95 09:49:06 CST
From: Jim Marchand <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Subject: OED2 online

The cheapest I have seen the OED2 CD-ROM is over $800. Many entities,
including universities, have the OED2 online for their members; for example,
my university has it available for faculty and staff of the University of
Illinois, or anyone who has an account. Some libraries have it available.
It might be worth your while to search around for a telnet site nearby.
Jim Marchand.

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 14:46:26 -0500 (EST)
From: "Gregory J. Murphy" <rejek@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>
Subject: OED online

I'm not sure how much I can say about this without getting into
trouble, but...
Until recently, research and experimentation with the electronic
OED was still being carried out at Bellcore in New Jersey. This
situation is undergoing a change of sorts, one result of which may be an
online OED which you can actually _subscribe_ to. Yes, that means you
can have the OED without buying a kadgillion-bay CDROM tower or hiring a
full time staff member to figure out how to index the data using Pat. It
does mean dealing with Net traffic, alas.
I've used a (experimental? beta? toy?) WWW interface to the
proposed new service, and liked it a lot. It isn't public yet, but the
same server does have general info that you can browse:


- Gregory Murphy, aka rejek@Princeton.EDU

Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 12:02:15 +1200
From: B.C.Allan@massey.ac.nz
Subject: Re: 9.391 online OED?

> [1] From: "DONALD A. COLEMAN (EXT. 2850)" (1)
> <DACOLEMAN@fair1.fairfield.edu>
> >
>And I, for my part, would like to know whether the OED is accessible
>online. Thanks in advance for any possible info.
>Don Coleman

The OED is available on the Web at

Barry Allan (B.C.Allan@massey.ac.nz)
Barry (B.C.Allan@massey.ac.nz)
Department of Business Law
Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand

[Editor's note. The above service at Alberta does not work from Toronto.
I get the expected message telling me that I do not have permission. My
guess is that anyone who does not get this message has special
privileges. As far as I know, such privileges are, strictly speaking,
against the contract that a university signs with OUP. Clarification on
this point would be welcome. --WM]