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Dictionaries - Legal and English Language

A guide to dictionaries of all kinds and their availability at SOLL and nearby libraries.


Dictionaries are a vital research tool for legal research. A precise definition is useful to the legal researcher as a sign of what a particular lawmaker meant by a specific word or phrase.

Historical editions of dictionaries provide a window into the history of vocabulary for the careful researcher. A chronological list of a editions and revisions of a particular dictionary will help you select a appropriate dictionary to consult. This guide aims to provide these lists in as comprehensive a manner as possible.

What follows is a selection of general and legal dictionaries with  complete lists of their editions and revisions. Where possible links to our collection, local Oregon libraries, or WorldCat catalog entries are provided.

A comprehensive list of dictionaries in the State of Oregon's Law Library's collection is available through our catalog:

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