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Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
Reference Tool: Dictionaries
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  • 1. DICTIONARIES JAMIE WINCHELLLIS 704, DOMINICAN UNIVERSITYR E F E R E N C E T O O L P R E S E N TAT I O N OCTOBER 13, 2012
  • 2. Dictionary TypesDictionaries can be: General purpose Specialized Abridged Unabridged Rhyming Slang Polyglot Historical Illustrated Etymological And many more…
  • 3. Dictionary Hunt Dictionary Hunt Examine each dictionary. Decide which type(s) it is. Explore the dictionaries The Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilizations The Sesame Street Dictionary that are about the room Slang! The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms and label the type(s) on World Wide Spanish English Dictionary Japanese English Visual Bilingual Dictionary your handout. The Poetry Dictionary A Dictionary of Muslim Names Dictionary of Banking Terms Jeff Foxworthy’s Redneck Dictionary A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives Types of dictionaries The Rock Snob’s Dictionary abridged acronyms & abbreviations bilingual children’s The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories concordance etymological general purpose historical A Dictionary of Dance illustrated learner’s metadictionary Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian Dictionary quotations rhyming slang specialized Concordance of Federal Legislation polyglot subject unabridged visual visual & hearing impaired
  • 4. Dictionary Hunt discussionThe Visual Dictionary of Ancient Dictionary of Banking TermsCivilizations  subject  visual children’s historical Jeff Foxworthy’s Redneck Dictionary  gatedThe Sesame Street Dictionary A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food  illustrated children’s AdditivesSlang! The Topical Dictionary of  subjectAmericanisms The Rock Snob’s Dictionary  subject  subject gated The Oxford Dictionary of Word HistoriesWorld Wide Spanish English Dictionary  etymological  bilingual A Dictionary of DanceJapanese English Visual Bilingual  children’s subject illustratedDictionary Hippocrene Children’s Illustrated Italian  bilingual visual Dictionary  children’s illustrated bilingualThe Poetry Dictionary Concordance of Federal Legislation  subject  concordance subjectA Dictionary of Muslim Names  subject
  • 5. Dictionary BasicsDictionaries provide: Definitions/simple word meanings Etymology & root history Usage Spelling Pronunciation Classes & forms of words Synonyms Graphical representationsDictionaries can be: Print Online Within word-processing software 2.0 online (free-content sites)
  • 6. Dictionaries in Dewey Many dictionaries can be found in the 400s  403 Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  413 Dictionaries  423 English dictionaries  433 German dictionaries  443 French dictionaries  453 Italian dictionaries  463 Spanish dictionaries  473 Classical Latin dictionaries  483 Classical Greek dictionaries But dictionaries are also shelved within each subject.
  • 7. Twin Dictionary Tasks of the Reference Librarian Acquisition: each library will have its own unique collection of dictionaries. Referral: reference librarians will develop word source “muscle” based on…  Visualizing the answer  Complexity of question  Depth of information the answer requires  Determining the context of the word  Best format for doing the search
  • 8. Booklist Reference Reviews Go to Booklist online and create a free 14-day account. Do a search for dictionary reviews. Browse and read through a few. Share with us one dictionary you would select for “your” library. Why?
  • 9. Practicing Dictionary Reference QuestionsHow would you go about helping a patron with thesedictionary reference questions? I did a phone interview with the mayor for my term paper. How do I cite his comments in my bibliography? Is the word “parsimony” ever mentioned in the Bible? I was reading the novel The Kite Runner, and the word “Baba” was used. Is that generic for “father” in Afghanistan? How do you spell the word that was the title of the poem by British poet William Henley and Timothy McVeigh’s last words before he was executed? What is the most relevant definition for the word “browser”?taken from Cassell, Kay Ann and Hiremath, Uma. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century. Neal-SchumanPublishers. New York. 2004. p. 145
  • 10. Top Ten Dictionary and Word Sources The American Heritage Dictionary Bartlett’s FamiliaryQuotations Dictionary of American Regional English Macmillan Dictionary for Children Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing New Oxford American Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary Roget’s International Thesaurus Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Languagelist from Cassell, Kay Ann and Uma Hiremath. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century. Neal-Schuman Publishers: New York. 2004 (146)

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