Reference material

Printed Reference Works

Printed reference material such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias and directories are available on the shelves in the Drill Hall Library and are listed on the library catalogue.

Some useful reference works for Journalism include:

Brake, L & Demoor, M., Dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism in Great Britain and Ireland. London: British Library, 2009. Shelfmark: 072.0903403/DIC

Jay, A., Dictionary of political quotations. Oxford: OUP, 1996. Shelfmark: 320/OXF

Jones, B., Dictionary of British politics. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004. Shelfmark: 320.941003/JON

Scruton, R., The Palgrave Macmillan dictionary of political thought. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Shelfmark: 320.01/SCR

Vaughn, S. L., (ed) Encyclopedia of American journalism. London: Routlegde, 2007. Shelfmark: 070.03/ENC

Electronic Reference Services

There are several electronic reference services useful for Journalism. You can see the whole range on the Reference resources web page, this gives access to online Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, UK telephone directory services and Maps.

Useful electronic reference services for journalism include:

Armed Conflict Database Information on armed conflicts worldwide

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Illustrated collection of specially written biographies of people from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past

Oxford Reference Online A large collection of subject dictionaries and guides

Freely available Online Dictionaries

- Visuwords is an interesting example of a free open access English language dictionary. It is based upon Princeton University's WordNet and enables users to look up definitions of words and then view in visual graphs which map their associations with related terms and concepts. These include broader and narrower terms, associated nouns, verbs and adverbs. This makes the site very effective for use as a thesaurus and for tracing related synonyms. Information on sources and compilation is provided on the website.

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