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English Language and Literature


...refers to an alphabetical list of items that fall into a certain category. For example, a dictionary may comprise: words with definitions, authors with biographical information, or types of things - like literary terms or theories - with brief explanations.

Finding print...

To locate print-source call numbers, go to the Library Catalogue. On the right side of the page, choose "Browse by author, title, subject." Enter the title (without leading articles like the, le, an, une) in the search box. Click on Title. Then click on the hyperlinked book title to go to the catalogue record.

Look carefully at the record. Some print sources are in the Reference Collection on the 1st Floor, TFDL. These reference books cannot be checked out. Some print reference sources are located in the main library stacks (i.e. shelves); most of these can be checked out.

The dictionaries listed below are only a sample of the many in the library.



Oxford English Dictionary (OED) "The Oxford English Dictionary 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."

Middle English Compendium  Provides access to and interconnectivity among three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English dictionary, a Hyperbibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English prose and verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources."

Lexicons of Early Modern English  "Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) is a historical database of monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods."

Dictionary of Old English, Old English Corpus  The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3047 texts in the corpus.

Dictionary of Old English (A-H) The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (600 - 1150 A.D.) of the English language, using today's most advanced technology. The DOE complements the Middle English Dictionary (which covers the period 1100 - 1500 A.D.) and the Oxford English Dictionary (which documents the development of the English language to the present), the three together providing a full description of the vocabulary of English.


Below you will find some examples of print dictionaries (or similar works). Many more are available in the library.

A Handbook to Literature, 11th Ed. (2009)

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (2005)

Historical Dictionary of African American Theater (2009)

Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010)

Key Concepts in Literary Theory (2001)

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (2008)


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