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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Using Wikipedia

WIKIPEDIA is a free Internet encyclopedia whose articles are written and edited collaboratively by volunteers.  It is a popular source for general information and background reading on unfamiliar topics.  Many of its articles provide references and links to external authoritative material that may be helpful for college-level research.

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Online Reference Collections

Each collection includes many different dictionaries and encyclopedias.  Basic searching gives definitions from many sources within the collection. You can also find specific titles and use them independently.

Using OneSearch to find entries in Encyclopedia and Dictionaries

Our collection of electronic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias can be searched together using OneSearch.  Put your subject into the searchbox, and then limit your results to Reference.

OneSearch results screen with "Reference" selected under the "Content Type" heading.