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Pacific Islands Studies

What Are Reference Sources?

Reference sources are authoritative works that you can refer to for quick information. They may contain specific information or introductory articles. Types of reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, atlases, bibliographies, and so on.


Some of these selected encyclopedias are available online; some are only available in print. To find other encyclopedias related to the Pacific Islands, search for "encyclopedias oceania" or "encyclopedias pacific" in the UCLA Library catalog.

Online Language Dictionaries

Here are a number of freely-available online dictionaries.  Most are based on old dictionaries compiled by missionaries.

Topical Dictionaries

Most of these selected topical dictionaries are available online; two are available in print only. To find other dictionaries--both subject and linguistic, search for "dictionar? oceania" or "dictionar? pacific" in the UCLA Library catalog. Also look under subregion (i.e., Micronesia, Melanesia, or Polynesia) or individual country/territory/island.


The following are selected bibliographies on the Pacific islands. Six of them are accessible online; four of them are available in print only.  Bibliographies are compilations of resources on a specific subject and are useful for finding additional sources.  Though some of these are dated, they are still helpful in finding classic or rare works about the islands.  If you find something in these bibliographies that are not owned by the library, we can likely get it for you through interlibrary loan.


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