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Then make the most of your access to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) today. Your university library is providing access to OSEO, an online resource where you can find over 550 scholarly editions of works written between 1485 and 1830 in one place, and access them straight from your desktop. Simply access while at your library, or log in via Athens or an Access Management Federation to get started.

Oxford's scholarly editions on OSEO provide a reliable and trusted source for you to read and interpret your core texts, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the complete works of Jane Austen, the poetry of John Donne, and works by Adam Smith and Jeremy Bentham.

Each title comes with:

  • The full text of the work, as established by an authoritative editor
  • Notes placed directly alongside the text for easy navigation – you no longer need to flip to the back of the book or a completely different edition
  • Introductions placing the work and the author in a historical context, explaining the editorial principles and the history of the text

Jump in to OSEO now with the below free extracts, or watch some videos showcasing OSEO’s exciting functionality.

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Double, double, toil and trouble...

Three witches meet on a stormy night in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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‘Sonnet 18’ by Shakespeare

“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and more temperate” 

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Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene

“For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds, / And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds”

‘Song’ by John Donne

“Stay, O sweet, and do not rise, / The light that shines comes from thine eyes;”

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'Live with me and be my love' by Christopher Marlowe

"There will we sit upon the rocks, / And see the shepherds feed their flocks,”

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'The Retired Cat' by William Cowper

"A Poet's Cat, sedate and grave As poet well could wish to have, Was much addicted to enquire  For nooks to which she might retire..."

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