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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Use Dictionaries & Encyclopedias To:

  • Find background information for a topic
  • Learn definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Identify keywords to use for additional searches

Popular Online Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:

Credo Reference
Access over 700 online reference books


Encylopaedia Britannica Online: Academic Edition
Scholarly entries on a wide range of academic subjects
Oxford English Dictionary
Authoritative definitions of over 600,000 English words

Find Dictionaries at UJ:

Use ODIN. Search for a general subject (i.e. Nursing), then add the word dictionary in the search box.
nursing dictionary search

Find Encyclopedias at UJ:

Use ODIN. Search for a general subject (i.e. Criminal Justice), then add the word encyclopedia in the search box.
criminal justice encyclopedia

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