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Finding Quotations

The best and most reliably accurate sources for quotations are still books, and we have a number of them in the library.

Finding Quotations by Subject

REF 081 DICTIONARY
Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations. Syracuse, NY: JG Burke, 1976.

REF 808.88 BRADLEY
Bradley, John P. et al.. The International Dictionary of Thoughts: An Encyclopedia of Quotations From Every Age For Every Occasion. Chicago: JG Ferguson Publishing Company, 1969.

REF 309.173 ROWES
Rowes, Barbara. The Book of Quotes. New York: Dutton, 1979.

Finding Quotations by Author or Time Period

080 BARTLETT
REF 080 BARTLETT

Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature. Boston: Little, Brown, 1955.

REF 808.88 OXFORD
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

For those of you who just can’t stomach a trip to the stacks, there are a lot of quotation sites online, but a lot of them are not very accurate. The ones listed below are better than most. If you do find a quotation elsewhere that you really like, try to see if you can verify it somewhere else (hint: try Googling all or part of the phrase).

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