Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2017     Views: 19963

There are many internet sites for quotations.  However, while it’s often quite easy to find a quote, those sites frequently do not indicate exactly from where it came.  Below are some suggested ways to begin a search for complete citations.  If you need more assistance, contact the Reference Desk in Widener at 617-495-2411.

Electronic at Harvard

Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection  For best results click Advanced Search, limit to Quotation

Gale’s Quotations on CD-Rom in Atkins Reference Room, Widener

Literature Online (LION)

On the Internet  Allows you to search all Bartleby quote sources simultaneously, including Bartlett’s and Respectfully Quoted, a dictionary of quotes requested from the Congressional Research Service.


Google Books  Advanced search – surround the full quote with quotations marks, or specify author and then keywords

Hathi Trust Digital Library




Google Groups  Submit a quote to the collective wisdom of a quotations group to get more leads.


Quotations Dictionaries in Print


Major print sources can be found in the Loker Reading Room at Widener, starting with call number RR 3021.1


Search Hollis for keywords such as “women quotations dictionaries” or “politics quotations dictionaries”.




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