Dictionaries and encyclopedias


COLOURBOX14587263Today is the lexicon day. Therefore, we want to tell you about some of the lexicons/dictionaries and encyclopedias that we have here at the library. Many of these you find electronically via subscription in the library. You will find the more general encyclopedia NE (National Encyclopaedia) as well as more specialized encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia of Smart Materials, Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology and Encyclopedia Library and Information Sciences online on the library web using the entrance databases.

In the quiet study room, we have collected some large encyclopedias and besides being informative they are quite stylish too! Others are placed on the topic in the library collections and can be found through Summon. Many encyclopedias and lexicons are so-called REF. These can´t be borrowed, they must stay in the library in case anyone needs them. This shows at the front of the book via a red patch that says EJ HEMLÅN (for library use only). In terms of popular and well-used dictionaries, such as Norstedts Swedish-English dictionary, we have made a few copies for loan.DSC_0199

One way to use an encyclopedia is to look for the defintion of something, facts and information. Another method of use is to find your way further, find synonyms and other subject to use instead of just this one word you searched. A dictionary or a thesaurus gives perhaps more form-related information in the form of language dictionaries, thesaurus, etc., whereas an encyclopedia provide more substantive information to the reader. But it is not always true. For example, the swedish Bra böckers lexikon, is a more general encyclopedia while many other dictionaries are limited to specific areas, for example a music dictionary, and then contains more information. The term encyclopedia comes from the Greek word enky’klios paideia [-dei’a] (general). Encyclopedias have existed for a long time in human history but it was not until the 1800 century that it got a standardized form used today, and nowadays they also can be found electronically. So, do you need to know something specific? Use one of our dictionaries and encyclopedias!

Text. Lena Holmberg
Picture: Colourbox and Lena Holmberg