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Dictionaries, Thesauri, etc.

Reference sources, such as dictionaries, thesauri, and encyclopedias, provide definitions and a working knowledge of topics relating to and influencing literature.


Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Electronic text of the standard historical dictionary of the English language, including the Additions Series and frequent updates.

Dictionary of Old English. A-F on CD-Rom.
Definitions of words from the first centuries of the English language.

LEME: Lexicons of Early Modern English (Public Version)
Produced by the University of Toronto, this is the public version of LEME, which allows for simple searches of words. LEME is a database of historical, multilingual lexical materials that helped form Modern English.

Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary Unabridged
Largest and most comprehensive American dictionary.

Oxford Reference, Literature
Reference books on literature published by Oxford University Press.

A dictionary, encyclopedia, thesauri, and other reference works. Includes full text of classic verse, fiction, and nonfiction, and includes, of course, Bartleby, the Scrivener.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Full text of the encyclopedia.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
A database covering authors and works most commonly studied from high school through college. Includes selected literary criticism, plot summaries, author biographies, author interviews, book reviews, poems, short stories, and images.

Oxford Reference, Classical studies
Reference books on classical literature and the classical world published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference, English Dictionaries & Thesauruses
English language dictionaries and thesauri published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference, Language Reference
Reference books on the English language published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference, Quotations
Dictionaries of quotations published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference, Society and Culture
Reference books on food and drink, sexuality, mythology, folklore, sports studies, superstition, proverbs, and literary Britain and Ireland.

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Credo Reference
Reputable online reference books from various publishers, including those in literature and language. Image searching available.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Author contact information may be found in The Writers Directory. Other literary titles in GVRL are Literary Newsmakers for Students, Literary Themes for Students: The American Dream, and Shakespeare for Students.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
In addition to language and literature, Oxford Reference Online Premium provides reference titles in fields such as science and philosophy. This makes OROP a good source for exploring influential ideas and literary writing in a variety of specialties.