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Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary from Gale Virtual Reference Library

The fortieth edition of Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary (AIAD) offers increased coverage in all fields of human endeavor. Many of the new terms are from the subject areas of:

  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Botony
  • Business
  • Computers
  • Government
  • Languages
  • Military
  • Natural Resources
  • Publishing
  • Science

Of major value to librarians and researchers is the inclusion of:

  • International Associations
  • National Associations
  • Regional and State Associations
  • Car, Motorcycle, and Truck Models and Makes
  • Political Action Committees
  • Research Centers
  • Stock Exchange Symbols

Codes are provided to indicate the source from which the information was obtained. This feature allows the user to verify the entries and may, in some instances, lead to additional information. Complete bibliographic data about the publications cited can be found in the List of Selected Sources following the acknowledgments. Terms that are obtained from miscellaneous newspapers and magazines, are provided by outside contributors, or are discovered through independent research by the editorial staff remain uncoded.


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September 13, 2010


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