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Modern Languages

The Modern Languages subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in modern languages

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias : Introduction

You can use dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference works to:

  • Get an overview of your topic or issue
  • Learn the definitions of terms and concepts
  • Identify keywords to use in your search for additional information

Some useful dictionaries and encyclopedias are listed below.

Language Dictionaries (Library subscriptions)

Free Online Dictionaries By Language

Reference Encyclopedias (subject-based)

Use the Library subject guides for other subjects to discover some of the subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias available.

The Library also subscribes to two reference packages from Oxford University Press that cover a number of subject areas in the social sciences, and might be useful to search for introductory articles on a range of topics. See details below: