These collections provide access to many specialized encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and other reference materials.
Dictionaries of Phrases, Concepts, and Symbols
Dictionaries of Specific Forms of English
Dictionaries of Critical and Philosophical Terms
Language Dictionaries of Interest to Scholars of Literature in English
What is it?
A concordance is an alphabetical listing of words in a text or writer's oeuvre, with where the words can be found.
Ways to find:
National Union Catalog, pre-1956 Imprints (NUC) Catalog of holdings of many U. S. libraries, including the Library of Congress. Useful for tracking editions. Print: Main Z733.U57.C22556
Library of Congress Online Catalog Does NOT include every title in the NUC but has the newer titles.
The British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books to 1975 Gardner Stack Z921 .B8542 1975
British Library Advanced search (with search tips) for the British Library site.
Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases.
They may give you a succinct overview of a topic.
They may help you identify a topic to explore in depth.
They may provide quick, reliable facts.
They may include bibliographies that will lead you to detailed studies.