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Background Reference Resources


Why consult a dictionary? 

Dictionaries are an important source of background information, providing: definitions, pronunciation, usage, etymology and more.

Non-English dictionaries are an invaluable source of information for those studying other languages. The library collects dictionaries in many different languages as well as bilingual and multilingual dictionaries.

Search the library catalogue with the language(s) you need and dictionary. Or check out the subject guide for the language you are studying for recommendations. 

For First Nations, Métis and Inuit Language resources consult the Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Languages guide


Print dictionaries at the Rutherford Library

Print dictionaries in many languages are available at the Rutherford Library. Use the call numbers listed below to browse the shelves. 

Anglo-Saxon PE 279

PJ 6640

Canadian English PE 1628
Canadian French PC 3637
Chinese PL 1455
Cree PM 988
Czech PG 4640
Danish PD 3625
Dutch PF 640
English PE 1625
Etymology (English) PE 1580
Finnish PH 279
French PC 2640
German PF 3640
Greek PA 445
Hebrew PJ 4833
Hungarian PH 2640
Icelandic PD 2379
Irish PB 1291
Italian PC 1640
Japanese PL 679
Korean PL 937
Latin PA 2365
Linguistics P 29
Middle English PE 679
Norwegian PD 2691
Old English PE 279
Persian PK 6379
Polish PG 6640
Portuguese PC 5333
Romanian Pc 779
Russian PG 2640
Sanskrit Pk 933
Scots Gaelic PB 1591
Serbo-Croation PG 1376
Slang (English) PE 3721
Slovak PG 5379
Spanish PC 4640
Swahili PL 8703
Swedish PD 5640
Synonyms (English) PE 1591
Thai Pl 4187
Thesaurus PE 1591
Ukrainian PG 3891
Urdu PK 1976
Welsh PB 2191
Yiddish PJ 5117
Zulu PL 8843