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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Reference Guide Page

This month's Reference Item of the Month is Abell Library's own reference guide page, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, which you can access by clicking on Reference Sources under Tools on the right-hand navigation menu, and then by following the first link, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias.

We have just reorganized this guide to simplify access to Abell Library's subscriptions to online reference resources. This guide features new resources that have been added to the online reference collection for your research benefit. One of these is the Credo Reference Center, which includes dictionaries and encyclopedias on a wide variety of subjects. You will find reference works in the areas of art, business, geography, history, languages, literature, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and others. In Credo, click on Finda a Book, and then Type, and then from there you can select Dictionary or Encyclopedia, as well as other types of reference books. You will see a list that you can choose from to the right, or you can enter a subject term in the search box to retrieve specific results.

For dictionaries, also see Oxford English Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus.

The Encyclopedias section of the page features Britannica Online and The Columbia Gazetteer.

When you visit Britannia Online, you will see that the front page is divided into several sections where you may conduct a search, browse the index, A-Z list, by subject, year in review and biographies; featured research tools include a video collection, timelines, World Data Analyst, Compare Countries, World Atlas, Notable Quotations and Gateway to the Classics; a news section and this day in history section are also featured.

Visit The Columbia Gazetteer for information on places and political entities throughout the world. This reference resource is a comprehensive encyclopedia of geographical places. A glossary of geological terms and an almanac of the world's highest mountains and longest rivers are also featured.

For secondary resources, the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias page also features free online reference sources under both dictionary and encyclopedia sections. For instance, look up words at Hypertext Webster Gateway for instant definitions, and visit for a free encyclopedic source on the Internet.


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