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CHI350: Advanced Readings in Chinese: Modern Literary Texts: Chinese-English Dictionaries

Library guide designed to help students locate reference tools like dictionaries and grammars so that they can read Chinese literary texts more fluently.

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Dictionaries in the Library

You will find Chinese dictionaries in 3 places in the Neilson Library: Reference, East Asian Collection, and the Neilson Stacks. So please look carefully at the location listed to the left of the call number to make sure you look in the right place. The dictionaries in Reference do not circulate, but you may check out any of the ones in the East Asian Collection or Neilson Stacks. Other libraries in the Five Colleges also have a range of dictionaries that you may want to borrow.

Chinese dictionaries tend to be organized in two ways: alphabetically by pronunciation or by stroke count.

To find Chinese-English dictionaries do a subject search using the following terms:

    Subject begins with Chinese language -- Dictionaries -- English

You may also want to consult specialized dictionaries like 成语词典

    Subject begins with Chinese language -- Idioms -- Dictionaries.

Here are some recommended titles:

Pop-up Dictionaries

These are dictionaries where the definitions/translations appear when you move your mouse over the words.

Oxford Language Dictionaries

The library has a subscription to Oxford language dictionaries.