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Where Do You Find Just The Right Word? The Dictionary. Where Do You Find Just The Right Dictionary? The Library.

There is an unwritten rule than any blog post or news column on dictionaries must be titled “Word Up.” This goes back to a pop song from 1986. We have nothing against the band Cameo and their amazing mustaches, we just like to break the rules now and then. And, we realize that most of our patrons were not born when the song came out.

Meanwhile, we would like to point out that the library has a great collection of both print and online dictionaries. We have dictionaries¬† for Africaans and Yiddish. There are dictionaries for Kirghiz and Maori. We have many people’s favorite dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) available to students and faculty online. The OED is now so large we would need a set of shelves to hold it. The online version is much faster to use, and you don’t need a magnifying glass like the old compact versions came with.

For an overview of our dictionaries, glossaries and thesauri you can visit our Dictionaries and Thesauri web site. Or browse this quick list of our print dictionaries located on levels 4 and 5.

AfricaansPF 862 – Level 5

AlbanianPG 9591 – Level 5

ArabicPJ 6640 – Level 5

BulgarianPG 979 – Level 5

ChinesePL 1455 – Asian Collection Level 4

CroatianPG 1377 – Level 5

CzechPG 4640 – Level 5

Danish PD 3640 – Level 5

Dutch PF 640 – Level 5

FinnishPH 279 – Level 5

FrenchPC 2640 – Level 5

GermanPF 3640 – Level 5

HebrewPJ 4833 – Level 5

HungarianPH 2640 – Level 5

ItalianPC 1640 – Level 5

Japanese PL 679 – Level 5

Kirghiz (Turkis)PL 26 – Hum Ref Level 5

KoreanPL 937 – Level 5

LatinPA 2365 .E5, Level 5

Maori PL 6465 – Level 5

NorwegianPD 2691 – Level 5

PersianPK 6379 – Level 5

Polish PG 6640 – Level 5

PortuguesePC 5333 – Level 5

Russian PG 2640 – Level 5

Serbo-CroatianPG 1377 – Level 5

SlovakPG 5379 – Level 5

SpanishPC 4640 – Level 5

UkrainianPG 3891 – Level 5

Vietnamese PL 4376 – Level 5

WelshPB 2191 – Level 5

YiddishPJ 5117 – Level 5