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Encyclopedias: Major Collections

Encyclopedias: Other Collections

Encyclopedias: Biographical

Dictionaries: English

Dictionaries: Bilingual & Non-English

For additional language dictionaries check the research guides for various area studies and languages such as Scandinavian Studies, Russian Language & Literature, and China Studies.

Finding Additional Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

To find additional encyclopedias and dictionaries, both print and online, use UW Libraries Search.

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Search Examples

  • Search for your broad topic and add the term encyclopedias. For example:
    • global warming encyclopedias
    • vietnam war encyclopedias
    • shakespeare encyclopedias
  • For language dictionaries, search for the language and add the term dictionaries. For example:
    • navajo language dictionaries
    • american sign language dictionaries
    • ladino language dictionaries english (for a Ladino to English dictionary)

Other options for identifying encyclopedias and dictionaries:

  • Check the research guides for a specific subject. Many of the research guides have a section listing subject specific encyclopedias and other background sources. For example, the Philosophy Research Guide includes an Encyclopedias & Dictionaries section.  
  • Ask us! Librarians can suggest useful encyclopedias.