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Guide to finding dictionaries and thesauri at the MU libraries.
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Print Dictionaries

Dictionaries can be found in the Reference section in Ellis Library (1st floor East)

The call number ranges for some of the major languages are as follows:

Greek and Latin: PA201 - PA2915

Romance Languages:

  • Italian: PC1001-1977
  • French: PC2001-3761
  • Spanish: PC4001-4977
  • Portuguese: PC5001-5498

English Language: PE1-3729

  • Modern English: PE1001-1693

West Germanic Languages:

  • Dutch: PF1-5999
  • German: PF3001-5999

Oriental Languages:

  • Hebrew: PJ4501 - 5192
  • Arabic: PJ6001 - 8517

Indo-Iranian Languages: PK1-9601

East Asian, African, Oceanic Languages:

  • Japanese: PL501-699
  • Korean: PL901-949
  • Chinese: PL1001-1960
  • Oceanic Languages: PL5001-7511
  • African Languages: PL8000-8009

North American, Central American, South American Languages:  PM1-9021

Electronic English Dictionaries & Thesauri

  • Oxford English Dictionary Online  
    Oxford English Dictionary Online contains etymologies, definitions and usage of English worldwide, from 1150 to the present.
  • Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English  Icon
    Searchable database of The Oxford American Thesaurus of current English. Contains 15,000 headwords and over 350,000 synonyms.
  • Merriam Webster Online
    Free online dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English and medical dictionaries, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games.
    Aggregator for many dictionary sites including Mierriam-Webster and Oxford.

Other Resources


Additional Assistance

For additional assistance, please contact the Ellis Library Reference Desk.


Suggested Titles

Cover Art
The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus
Call Number: PE2835 .A47 2005
ISBN: 061859261X


Creation Information

Created by Emily Smart, Graduate Reference Assistant 2011-2012.


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