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English Composition 131C: Medical Narratives

Online Encyclopedias and Other Resources

Reference Databases in English

The Charles E. Young Research Library holds a large selection of print and electronic reference resources for literary research, including encyclopedias, historical and biographical dictionaries, bibliographies, online databases, and more. 


Access to the DSM-5 is provided by the UCLA Library. 

The DSM Library includes:

  • DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition)
  • DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis
  • DSM-5 Clinical Cases
  • American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Plus, a collection of other psychiatric references, including books, textbooks, journals, and self-assessment tools.

Previous versions of the DSM can be found HERE


The UCLA Library has dictionaries of all kinds, ranging from the familiar look-up-a-word type like the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to very specialized dictionaries for particular fields. You can find these dictionaries in UC Library Search. Here is a brief list of general dictionaries for literary research.

If there is a particular dictionary you would like me to add here, let me know.

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