Leeds University Library

Reference works


The Library has many general and subject-specific reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and yearbooks.

Each campus library has a general reference section for dictionaries etc, and you will also find a reference section within each subject area.

Searching for dictionaries and encyclopedias

To find reference works, try a keyword search of the Library Catalogue.

Type either "encyclopedia", "encyclopaedia", or "dictionary" and include terms from your subject, eg "encyclopedia fashion".

To find only online reference sources, use the Search@Library tab and select "online" from the facets on the right.

For a good general reference work try Oxford Reference Online (encyclopedias and dictionaries).


Subject-specific key reference works

We have lists of key reference works for specific subject areas which will give you a good starting point.

Use the drop-down list below to select your subject