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ESL-English as a Second Language: Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Free ESL classes are for adults whose native language is not English. Instruction is offered in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Courses are provided on campus, in the community and in workplace settings.

Online Dictionaries & Encyclopedias




Print Dictionaries

Dictionaries and Encylopedias

If you need to define a word or know about a topic, this is a good place to start.

This page describes print and online books that will help you to understand, spell, and pronounce English words. These books can also help you learn about topics in North American history and culture.

Dictionaries have short definitions of words. Encyclopedias have longer descriptions of words as well as historical events, maps, ideas, and people. 

Ask a librarian for help finding these and other books - we are here to help!