Reference Tools

English Dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, this historical dictionary is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings.The OED provides the meanings, histories, and pronunciations of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Merriam Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus
Includes an audio feature that pronounces each word.

Literary Dictionaries

Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2013)
This e-dictionary is a revision of J.A Cuddon’s 1991 edition. To access, go to the CSUB Library Catalog and type in the title of the dictionary, press “search” and then click on “view e book”.

Additional literary dictionaries are shelved in the Library’s reference collection ranging from PN 41 through PN 56.

Symbol Dictionaries

Dictionary of Literary Symbols. Michael Ferber. 1999.
This e-dictionary explains symbols within the context of literature. To access, go to the CSUB Library Catalog and type in the title of the dictionary, press “search” and then click on “view e book”.

See also J.E. Cirlot’s A Dictionary of Symbols (1971) located in the Library’s reference collection (ref BF 1623 S9 C513).

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