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American Literature: Dictionaries and Terminology

A guide to the resources available at the Bobst Library for the study of American Literature

Defining Terms and Concepts: Handbooks and Terminology

Defining Terms and Concepts: Companions and Histories

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Aside from THE dictionary - The Oxford English Dictionary (or OED), we have a number of other dictionaries available to you  through both our print and digital resources.  Here is a sampling of some of the many dictionaries you will find at Bobst:

THE place to find out what a word means: The Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Etymology: researching word history

Check the first floor reference center starting at PE 1580 and you will be able to browse books on word histories. The following are digital texts focused on etymology: