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Background Information (Wayne College Library): Dictionaries

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Why use Dictionaries ?

Subject dictionaries can help with defining and understanding terminology common to the topic. A dictionary like Dictionary of Accountingfor instance, will focus solely on the subject of accounting and its vocabulary.

 Subject dictionaries can provide short entries on an overall subject. For example, The Dictionary of Asian mythology contains an A-Z dictionary of mythologies of the Asian continent. Major characters, places and events of Asian mythology, as well as certain relevant themes and cultural traditions are included

When you are searching for dictionaries in the University of Akron Catalog:

  • Add the word "dictionary" to your keyword search or
  • Search by the subject field by entering the terms Encyclopedias and dictionaries.

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