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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

For Your Reference

Reference works provide background information. Resources on this page are most useful when you:

  • Want to quickly learn about a topic.
  • Have trouble selecting a topic.
  • Don’t know what search terms to use.
  • Need to find facts and figures.

Virtual Reference

Oxford English Dictionary Online
  • Oxford

The unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

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Choose Your Databases
Gale eBooks
  • Gale

Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Digital Reference Texts

Full-text resources in Gale eBooks include:


A sample of specialized dictionaries from the catalog.


A sample of encyclopedias.

Reference Databases

These research databases contain full-text reference works.

Their content includes encyclopedias and specialized dictionaries, but may also include journal articles and other sources.