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ESL (English as a Second Language) Resources: Dictionaries

Resources such as books, e-books, books on CD, videos, and websites that will help ESL students learn American English.


The boxes in this section provide lists of links to various types of dictionaries.  The online dictionaries have audio so you can listen to the pronunciation of the words you select.  The library has a number of print dictionaries located in our Reference collection.  These must be used in the library.  They will show you pronunciation, spelling, definitions, and grammar usage.  We also have access to e-dictionaries that provide the same functions.  When you click on the link to the e-book, you will need to sign on with your SHU username and password.  There is a selection of American slang dictionaries, both in our catalog and online.  And finally we have a section of Idioms, again both in our catalog and online.

Print Dictionaries of American Slang

E-Dictionaries through the catalog

When you access the dictionary through our catalog, there will be a box with the link to click for viewing.  If you are off-campus, when you click on the link, a box will pop up asking for your username and ID number.  This is the same SHU username and ID that you use to access email, WebAdvisor, and/or Blackboard.

E-Dictionaries of American Slang

This dictionary is accessible through our catalog.  You will need your username and password to open the link from off-campus.

American Slang Dictionary websites

Idiom websites

An idiom is an expression or a figure of speech whose meaning is different from the literal definition of the word or words.