Dictionaries are excellent reference tools. In general, dictionaries show how to spell, pronounce, and use words, as well as give definitions of words. It is important that you spell and use words correctly in your course assignments. As well as general dictionaries, there are also dictionaries and reference materials that focus on words, phrases, and information that are more specific to certain disciplines, like geography. If you are still stumped about a specific word, consult with the AU Library for information about print-based dictionaries and reference materials.
Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services