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Dictionaries: Webster's and Beyond...

You are probably familiar with a basic dictionary, right? In Dewey, there is a huge, old-school dictionary on the reference stacks, open to any random page at any given time. While that dictionary never fails, there are a multitude of dictionaries online and you can access them right on our library online reference page. Here, you will find English language dictionaries, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as foreign language dictionaries and thesauri . Take a look at the specialty dictionaries we list, such as Cliché Finder or RhymeZone in case you’re writing a rhyming poem and can’t find the right word.

Some dictionaries are subject specific and are designed to help you understand terms and phrases within your field. Dewey has a variety of dictionaries in both print and online to help you with your area of study:

Law and Public Administration:
Black’s Law Dictionary (deluxe 18th edition), Dewey REF KF 156 B53X 2004
Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations (17th edition), Dewey REF KF 246 P73 2006
Law Dictionary.com http://dictionary.law.com/

Criminal Justice:
The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice: Key Terms and Major Court Cases, Dewey REF HV 7411 C48 2005
The Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice, Dewey REF HV 6017 D38 2002
Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Dewey REF HV 6017 .S24 2006
National Criminal Justice Thesaurus http://www.ncjrs.gov/app/search/ThesaurusSearch.aspx

Social Welfare:
The Social Work Dictionary, Dewey REF HV 12 B37 2003
Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, Dewey REF Z 695.1 P7 T48

Information Science:
International Dictionary of Library Histories, Dewey REF Z 721 I572 2001
Dictionary of Information Science and Technology, Dewey REF Z 1005 W35 1992
Dictionary of Library and Information Science, Dewey REF Z 1006 R45 2004
OLDIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science http://lu.com/odlis/

If you need help using these subject specific dictionaries, feel free to Ask a Librarian for help!

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