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Reference Resources: Finding Quotations

“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.��?

Can you identify who said the above statement? If not, you should check out our many resources on finding famous quotations, or who has spoken a particular saying. The University Libraries new homepage has an Online Reference section where you can go to “Quotations��? and find many online sources for popular quotation. These online dictionaries are helpful in that you can find the information you are looking for, whether you already have a quote but don’t know the person who spoke it, or vice versa. Also, if you are looking for quotes on specific subjects, such as love or success, you can search under those themes and pick ones yourself. The database CredoReference offers many quotations resources, such as Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations and Collins Concise Dictionary of Quotations. There are also links to other free online sources such as Quoteworld and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.

In addition to our online resources, Dewey owns many reference books to research quotations. Check out the following:

The Quotable Book Lover (Ref PN 6084 B65 Q68 1999) contains quotes and famous sayings about reading and loving books.

The Quotable Woman (Ref PN 6081.5 N49 1992) is quotes said by only women.

The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (Ref PN6084 P6 O94 2005) not only provides political quotes but by whom they were said, when and where.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (Ref PN 6081 B27 1992) is in print, 16th edition with the most updated version found online.

And the mystery person who said the opening quote? Bill Cosby.

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