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Boatwright Memorial Library

LINGUISTICS

Basic Library Tools

Online Dialect Archives

You can also search for "accent tags" on Youtube.  There is a specific list of words to read and questions to answer and people from around the country  (and world) have recorded themselves to provide examples of their local speech.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are for answering questions that have known, generally agreed upon,  answers--the fact-based "who," "what," "when," and "where" questions.  For "why" and (non-procedural) "how" questions, you usually need to do research in books and journals.