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English and American Literature: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Histories

A resource guide for the study of English and American Literature

Defining Terms and Concepts: Handbooks and Terminology

Defining Terms and Concepts: Companions and Histories

Dictionaries and Thesauri

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

Etymology: researching word history

You can find reference books on etymology and word history starting at PE 1580 in the Bobst first floor Reference section. The following are reference works focused on etymology:

The Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary volumes on a shelf

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. The NYU Libraries offer access both online and in print:

Literary Research Guide