Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) is a major publishing initiative from Oxford University Press, providing an interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works from the humanities. Scholarly editions are the cornerstone of humanities scholarship, and Oxford University Press’s list is unparalleled in breadth and quality. By publishing these texts online OSEO transforms humanities scholarship, making texts more accessible, searchable, and interconnected than ever before.

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OSEO provides access to more than 550 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1830, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the poetry of John Donne, and works by John Milton and John Locke. These editions contain over 57,000 different works including more than 400 plays, over 20,000 poems, and more than 36,000 other works — the equivalent of over 284,000 print pages!

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The collection is set to grow into a massive virtual library, ultimately including the entirety of Oxford’s distinguished list of authoritative scholarly editions, from the Oxford Classical Texts to the Romantic poets, and from medieval Latin chronicles to the twentieth century. OSEO will include editions published from as early as 1888 right up to the present day. To find out more visit our Future Updates page.

Building on the cornerstones of humanities scholarship…

Scholarly editions are the enduring focus of humanities research, providing a reliable and trusted source through which scholars interpret the core texts of their disciplines. In placing these online, OSEO complements the traditional elements familiar from these printed editions with the advantages of online availability. OSEO’s content constitutes the cornerstone of research in the fields of English Literature, as well as Philosophy, History, and Religion.

Each title within the collection presents the full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor, accompanied by the editor’s record of important variations, and interpretative and explanatory notes placed directly alongside the text. Most also have introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, and explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text.

Unlocking a wealth of scholarly content — anywhere, anytime…

OSEO allows users to:

  • Search the complete text of over 450 scholarly editions — browse each text’s editor’s record of important variations, and interpretative and explanatory notes
  • Be assured of authoritative and reliable content with scholarly apparatus — ensuring your interpretations and ideas are based on accurately edited texts
  • Utilise excellent searching and linking facilities — to find that obscure quote or a specific poem, scene or line quickly and easily
  • Invest their time and research in a growing research library, with future updates bringing to life hundreds of scholarly editions of works from all periods up to the 20th century
  • Access the editions anywhere, anytime — have a consistent research discussion or teach a class across the world because everyone is using the same, trusted edition

All with the hallmark of authority…

Our prestigious academic editorial board oversees the project to ensure that it upholds the high standards of scholarship embodied in the original print editions. Michael F. Suarez, S.J., University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, is its editor in chief.

OSEO's editorial board have written blog posts which unpack different issues that surround the project, from how it can be incorporated into undergraduate teaching to the importance of citing a reliable source. To read all of the available posts visit our blog post archive.

Getting started with OSEO...

Go straight in to some selected works, read our quick start guide, watch our how to videos, or see an overview of the key features and benefits of OSEO by viewing our online tutorial.

For Librarians…

Print scholarly editions are necessarily a scarce resource in the university and research library. The publication of these scholarly editions online offers access to multiple users simultaneously, both on campus and remotely—providing a critical tool for research for any library. 

OSEO also provides excellent service and support with:

  • Flexible purchase models, making collections available on annual subscription, or for a one-time purchase fee
  • COUNTER-compliant statistics for reporting down to book level
  • MARC21 records available free of charge
  • OpenURL compliance, connecting citations straight into your library catalogue
  • Conformance with WCAG accessibility guidelines and ‘AA’ compliant
  • Support for all standard remote access methods
  • Sign up to the OSEO RSS feed—delivering the latest  news and blog posts straight to your desktop
  • DOIs for all included editions and works
  • Superior customer support providing subscribers and users with timely responses and assistance
  • Freely available library training and promotional materials at www.oup.com/online/librarians

Click here for a complete list of titles/authors/ISBNs/URLs in OSEO (Microsoft® Excel format).

Obtaining access to OSEO

If you are a Librarian, you can find out how to subscribe or contact us for a 30-day free trial.

If you are an academic or a student, please recommend OSEO to your librarian. Alternatively, if you live outside North and South America you can take out a personal subscription. For more information please browse to the relevant Module from our catalogue page.

Free trials are unavailable to private individuals.

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