The largest and most famous dictionary of English is the Oxford English Dictionary. Its particular strength is coverage of historical meanings of English words. Two other online resources are:
The table below gives some call number ranges for dictionaries and other word books in Alden Library. Non-circulating volumes are in the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor. You can find many additional volumes, which you can check out, on the 7th floor.
|PE1400 - PE1498||Usage; Writing; Translation|
|PE1571 - PE1631||Dictionaries|
|PE1591||Synonyms and antonyms|
|PE1667 - PE3729||Specialized Word Books|
|PE1700 - PE3602||Dialects; Provincialisms|
|PE3701 - PE3729||Slang; Vulgarisms|
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