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Dictionaries and encyclopedias: Key resources

Key resources

Learn about your topic

Dictionaries and encyclopedias can help you to find definitions and key information on a topic or concept.

They also suggest related concepts and further reading.

Find entries using the Catalogue

Search for topics or concepts in the Catalogue to find entries in online dictionaries and encyclopedias.

To do this:

  1. Enter your topic or concept in the Catalogue, e.g. ethnicity.
  2. On the results screen:
    In the left-hand section Refine My Results, under Format, select More options and tick Include: Reference entries.
  3. Your results list is refined, and now shows definitions for your topic or concept from a range of dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Try subject-specific sources

Search any of the following online collections to find subject-specific companions, handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias across different subject areas:

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