Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Dictionaries can help clarify terms you are not familiar with, while encyclopedias can provide background knowledge on a topic or subject. Use the reference list from a dictionary or encyclopedia entry to find other resources.

How to find a dictionary or encyclopedia

Search the Catalogue:

  • By title if you know a dictionary or encyclopedia.
  • By keywords (e.g., dictionaries history) if you need to find resources on your subject.

Tip: It is better to use the plural (dictionaries or encyclopedias) when searching for a type of reference items.

How to find an individual reference entry

  • From the Catalogue, select Articles and more from the drop down menu and enter keywords (e.g., climate change).
  • Refine your results by selecting Reference entries under Format.

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