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Find Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Kirk Library has a reference collection in the library and online where you can find encyclopedias and dictionaries. Go to the library catalog to find the book you want in the library’s Reference Collection. Reference books can only be used in the library and cannot be borrowed.

TIP: Use the Advanced search and choose to limit your Location to Reference Collection for a more focused search (see image below).

Library Catalog reference search

Online Reference Collections

To access these databases when you are off the college campus, you will need to log in with your student/employee number and last name to validate that you are a current Centralia College student or employee.

  • Credo Reference Credo Reference locked site
    Find over 3 million encyclopedia and dictionary entries in more than 600 top quality encyclopedias and dictionaries in all major subjects from art to medicine, psychology to history, and technology to literature. Includes bilingual and biographical dictionaries.


  • Gale Virtual Reference Gale Virtual Reference Library locked site
    Find a selection of individually purchased reference ebooks on a variety of topics for Centralia College students, faculty, and staff. Titles include CaseBase: Case Studies in Global Business; Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice; Endangered Species: Protecting Biodiversity; Energy: Supplies, Sustainability, and Costs; Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology; and many more.


  • Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary locked site
    Find the meanings of words from the definitive record of the English language. Learn the origin of words and when they entered the English language as well as how to use the word in sentences.