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Quick Reference: Quotations

A quick reference guide with resources such as almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, quotations, statistics, conversion tables, consumer help and more, including resources in the BC3 Library and on the Internet, complied by the BC3 Librarians.


A quotation is the repetition of a sentence, phrase, or passage from speech or text that someone has said or written. Quotations are used to provide information, to give credit to an author or work, or to support one's argument or purpose. They are also commonly used to provide inspiration or reflection.

Suggested Database for Quotations

Credo Reference offers background information on every major subject that can give you an easy starting point and pathways for further research. It includes access to hundreds reference books, including the following books of quotations:

  • Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations
  • Bloomsbury Thematic Dictionary of Quotations
  • Book of Bible Quotations
  • Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations
  • Rawson's Dictionary of American Quotations
  • Respectfully Quoted
  • Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Quotations on the Web

Books of Quotations in the BC3 Library

Locating Books in the BC3 Library

The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books of quotes, quotations, and speeches. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

Books of quotes, quotations, and speeches are located in the 808 section of the library. They may be found in other areas as well, depending on the subject matter.