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Dickinson: Finding Reference Resources

Reference Collection

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The Reference Collection houses an assortment of dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, guides, and handbooks.  The collection is located on the 1st floor of the Madigan Library.

Types of Reference Resources

Print Biography Resources

Electronic Databases for Biography Resources

Online Biography Resources

Print Dictionaries

In addition to the English language dictionaries listed below, search the library catalog using the word "dictionary" with almost any subject (nursing, transportation, etc.), to find subject-specific dictionaries.

Online Dictionaries

Print Encyclopedias

The Madigan Library offers a number of encyclopedia sets in print format in the reference section. These encyclopedias are nearly all subject specific, so the easiest way to find one is to search the library catalog for "encyclopedia" and filter by your subject area.

Electronic Database for Encyclopedias

Online Encylcopedias