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How to find dictionaries and encyclopedias.

How to Find Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Use Dictionaries and Encyclopedias to:

    • Get an overview of your topic or issue
    • Learn the definitions of terms and concepts
    • Identify keywords to use in searching for additional information

Frequently-Used Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Search Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Search across multiple reference sources in many subjects, including art, biography, business, cultural studies, education, the environment, history, religion, science, and social science.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Search over 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works.

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Find More Encyclopedias

  • Use the MLC Library Catalog and search for a general subject (e.g. physics or music) and the word encyclopedia in the search box. OR
  • Browse a list of online encyclopedias from the University Libraries.