An essential electronic reference for all scholars of Old and Middle English
With the completion of G, the eighth letter of the Old English alphabet, the Dictionary is now available online. The Dictionary of Old English: A to G online includes the first release of the letter G, containing some 1319 headwords, as well as revised versions of the seven previously published fascicles (1986-2003). DOEonline is distributed by site license to both institutions and individuals. Authentication for institutional subscribers is verified by the subscribing campus network's authorized Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. No passwords are needed. Authentication for individual subscribers is verified by the subscriber's email address and a password of the subscriber's choice.
DOEonline offers a number of technological advances over DOE: A to F on CD-ROM.
DOEonline offers the possibility of both simple searches on one field of the DOE entries and Boolean searches which combine two or more fields. For example, historians of the language, interested in the development of adverbs, are now able to discover the Old English adverbs which carry on to Middle and Modern English by running a search on the pattern ‘adv.’ in the "Part of Speech" field, and searches on the patterns ‘med’ and ‘oed2’ or ‘oed3’ in the "Secondary Cross Reference" field. They can further refine the search by searching on the "Headword suffix" ‘lice’ (ModE -ly) and discover that ‘gamely,’ ‘ghostly,’ ‘greedily,’ ‘grimly,’ and ‘grisly,’ among others, begin early in the language and continue vigorously to the present.
There is also a system of hot links in the Dictionary whereby a click on a cross-reference will take the reader directly to the referred entry or a click on a sense in the schema of a long entry will take the reader directly to the corresponding definition. Other links provide full bibliographic references for each of the texts cited within an entry.
DOEonline includes a bibliography of Latin texts referenced in the Dictionary.
The DOE is now linked to the online OED2 and OED3 to facilitate seamless linguistic research.