Find texts and resolve references – instantly
How many times have you found references to texts and passages on the web and thought you’d love to check those references, right now? But if you don’t have the texts to hand, the moment is lost, and following the references becomes just another job to do later. And we know what that means.
If the text you want to look-up is in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO), then you can use one of our bookmarklets to take you straight to it – and even particular passages in it – from your browser’s toolbar: just select the reference, and then click on the bookmarklet:
Watch our short film to see this in action.
Once you’ve added our bookmarklet to your browser, you’ll be able to:
Click on a work title anywhere on any web page and go straight to that work in OSEO – titles like:
- Mansfield Park
- 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'
- Horace, Odes, 3.1
Click on a more precise reference anywhere on a web page and go straight to that passage in OSEO – references like:
- Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III Scene 1 line 57
- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 1.2.18
- Hor. Carm. 1.11.8
Use its simple search field to find texts of works quickly – searches like
- 'Westminster Bridge'
- Diary of John Evelyn
Our bookmarklet makes following these references just a click away, and takes no time at all.
How does it work?
- Select a reference on a web page.
- Click the OSEO search bookmarklet.
- OSEO tries to take you to that text or line in OSEO.
Chrome, Firefox, and Safari users: install the bookmarklet by dragging the following link onto your toolbar: OSEO search
Internet Explorer users: add this bookmark to “My bookmarks”, and then pin as a favourite: OSEO search
We’ve tested this bookmarklet in up-to-date versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. We’d love to hear feedback on the bookmarklet, (email us at email@example.com), but we’re sorry, we can’t provide support for installation or trouble-shooting.
Want to find out more on using the OSEO bookmarklet? Take a look at our frequently asked questions >
We have a plug-in just for Plato: highlight any Stephanus number, on any web page, click the bookmarklet, and you'll be taken via a disambiguation page to the right passage or line in Plato.
What are Stephanus numbers? They are the universally used referencing system for Plato, and they look like this: 65d4, or 459d.
Watch our short film to see a user install and then use our bookmarklet:
- With this bookmarklet, select just the Stephanus number -- don't include the work title.
- You'll likely be taken to a number of results in OSEO; pick the one you want. This is because we may have multiple versions of the passage you want (e.g. Greek and English translation), and because Stephanus numbers aren't unique -- there can be three passages of Plato to which each number refers. The results you see in OSEO will clearly show which dialogue, and which editions, match your request, so you can select the one you want.
- Not all our editions use the full form, including line numbers; translations function only to the Stephanus letter, so choose 65d rather than the whole 65d4 if you want a translation.
- If the reference is a range, select the opening number only.
- You can also simply type a Stephanus number in the bookmarklet: click on it without first selecting anything and it will offer you a dialogue box.
How to install in your toolbar
Drag the following link onto your toolbar: Plato : Stephanus
You may be asked to confirm that you want to add it.
We'd love to hear feedback on the bookmarklet (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org), but we’re sorry, we can’t provide support for installation or trouble-shooting.
We have a plug-in just for NOS, too. It works in exactly the same way, but only finds passages in the New Oxford Shakespeare.
There’s no need to include an author name, and it will work with commonly used abbreviations for the play titles – so entering “Richard III, 1.1.1” will take you to “Now is the winter of our discontent” – but so will just “R3, 1.1.1”. Be sure to include the comma. (Just “R3” will present you with all the scenes in the play for you to choose your next move.)
Chrome, Firefox, and Safari users: install the bookmarklet by dragging the following link onto your toolbar: NOS search
Internet Explorer users: add this bookmark to “My bookmarks”, and then pin as a favourite: NOS search
As with the OSEO bookmarklet, we'd love to hear feedback on the bookmarklet, (email us at email@example.com), but we’re sorry, we can’t provide support for installation or trouble-shooting.