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 using Search@Library.

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

To find only online reference sources, select the "Full Text Online" filter from the options 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