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Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies


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.

Nearly all subjects have a dictionary sequence within them at the classmark A-0.19. There are some exceptions, for example Chinese dictionaries are at P-0.197, and in Education, dictionaries can be found at 370.3.

In the Health Libraries, English dictionaries are at Z 300, followed by other languages, with medical and healthcare dictionaries from Z 315 to Z 320, and dentistry dictionaries at Z 321.

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

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.


Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies key reference works

Every Library has a general reference section for dictionaries etc, and you will also find a reference books within each subject area. To find reference works, try a keyword search of the Library Catalogue (either the Classic Catalogue, or Search@Library). The reference works listed below offer a good starting point for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.