Announcing the relaunch of Oxford Reference Online

On September 19, 2012, Oxford Reference Online relaunched along with Oxford Digital Reference Shelf to become Oxford Reference

 You can find Oxford Reference by going to the library homepage at and clicking on Dictionaries & Encyclopedias.  You can take a tour of the new Oxford Reference here:;jsessionid=073F22408D0F14ADB5B8038237974684

They also have an FAQ that can answer a lot of your questions about the new format:

If you want to use the previous version of Oxford Reference Online, it will still be available until December 12, 2012. You will see a blue menu on the left side of the screen where you can select the old Oxford Reference Online for the next few months.

Information from Oxford Reference: 

Bringing together 2 million entries, we have integrated the superb reference content from Oxford Reference Online and the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf onto the new Oxford Reference platform. The new service enables users to access and cross-search Oxford’s prestigious reference works at the click of a button, and hugely extends its usefulness by opening up free material for general web searching and linking.  
The new Oxford Reference platform is made up of two collections:

Oxford Quick Reference provides concise entries for readers wanting to quickly check a fact or find key information on a concept, person, or term from 125 core subject, quotation, and language dictionaries. Oxford is committed to ensuring that Oxford Quick Reference content continues to provide answers you can trust, with the quality and authority readers have come to expect. Our active editorial program now provides monthly updates to this dynamic current collection, and adds entire new titles and major revisions three times a year.

The Oxford Reference Library is made up of over 180 more specialized works including award-winning Oxford Companions and multi-volume Oxford Encyclopedias. These titles are fully cross-searchable with those in the Oxford Quick Reference collection, and provide longer, in-depth, academic content as well as essays and specialist definitions. Oxford Reference Library also brings a selection of scholarly titles from other prestigious publishers, such as Brewers and Continuum.