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Title: Illustrated Oxford Dictionary


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Illustrated Oxford Dictionary Library 150
Reference Resource Analysis Rosalie Westerfield
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Call Number R423.1 DKI 2003 Dewey Number at KCLS
Bibliographic Citation DK Illustrated Oxford
Dictionary. Revised ed. London DK Pub and
Oxford University Press, 2003
(This is a joint effort of Oxford and DK (which
specializes in glossy picture books.)
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Currency This is the revised edition published
in 2003. Previous Edition was 1998. Index There
is no index - Its a dictionary.
Format This is a soft cover book.
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  • Arrangement
  • Its arranged alphabetically, like any
    dictionary.
  • It has a foreword
  • It has a 6 page How to Use the Dictionary
    guide.
  • It has a special reference section in back with
    some maps, a measurements table, elements table,
    time zone chart, and an animal classification
    chart the usual dictionary stuff, but with nice
    graphics.

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  • Scope
  • Essentially its a modified version an Oxford
    American Dictionary.
  • Certain entries were chosen to have the colorful
    illustrations to enhance usefulness.
  • It has 187,000 entries with 4,500 illustrations.
  • 600 feature panels which are basically larger
    illustrations with more information.
  • Entries include pronunciation, part of speech,
    and definition.

Feature Panel
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Symbols Key
Refers to another Related entry with an
illustration
This symbol points the reader in the direction of
the illustration
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  • Intended Purpose
  • This reference could be used by readers of any
    age from grade school and up.
  • One review does mention that there is some
    coarse slang.1
  • Its a good place to go when a picture or table
    works better than words to describe something.

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I think this is a good example of what this
dictionary does well.
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  • Reviews
  • From ChoiceReviews.online2
  • Says the quality and quantity of illustrations
    is remarkable.
  • Illustrations and panels offer information that
    is nearly impossible to impart without such a
    visual component.
  • Recommends it for browsing.
  • Recommended for all libraries.

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  • Reviews
  • From ARBA Online
  • The format is attractive.
  • Says that less glossy dictionaries have twice as
    many entries for a comparable prices.
  • Recommends the dictionary for schools, homes and
    public libraries.3
  • From Library Journal
  • An attractive, easy-to-use dictionary that is an
    ideal purchase for most libraries.4

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Personal Impression I like this dictionary.
Its a great quick reference and works as a basic
dictionary. Pictures and diagrams contribute to
understanding far better than a verbal definition
can for certain things. I cant figure out why
it didnt have more illustrations for
architecture styleslike Italianate or Georgian
for instance. That would be an ideal place for an
illustration! It does not have etymologies, so
youd want to have another dictionary if thats
of interest or necessity.
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Examples typifying reference uses I showed this
book to a reference librarian at Highline. She
thought this would serve well to illustrate and
explain components of mechanical devices and also
architectural and design elements. In addition,
she thought this would be a great help to ESL
students.
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Complimentary Sources with the ESL people in
mind Oxford Picture Dictionaries these are
really like language dictionaries, but with
pictures. Oxford published dozens of them in
different languages. Theyre shelved in a section
of their own at my home library and at Highline
in the New Reader section.
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Also, some people might want a more complete
dictionary for more complex definitions, or
etymologies. A Webster collegiate dictionary or
the regular OED (available online at KCLS) would
be a compliment to the illustrated dictionary. DK
also publishes lots of illustrated encyclopedias.
They have an illustrated dictionary for children.
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  • Resources
  • Coutts, Brian E., Richard, John B. Best
    Reference Resources 1998. Library Journal April
    15, 1999, vol. 124 issue 7, p54. Ebsco. Highline
    Community College.
  • Hanson, R. DK Illustrated Oxford dictionary.
    ChoiceReviews.Online. March 1999. Highline
    Community College.
  • Gillespie, John T.. DK Illustrated Oxford
    Dictionary. ARBA Online. ARBA 2005. Highline
    Community College.
  • 4 Coutts, Brian E., Richard, John B. Best
    Reference Resources 1998. Library Journal April
    15, 1999, vol. 124 issue 7, p54. Ebsco. Highline
    Community College.

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