Alexander Pope [1688-1744] by Jonathan Richardson (British painter, 1665-1745)
Image from Art Museum Image Gallery.
Reference Universe searches the table of contents & indexes of recent print and electronic encyclopedias in the CSS Reference Collection.
As a general rule, browse the PE section of the reference collection for the history of the English language.
Occasionally slang books and subject specific dictionaries may be shelved by their area of interest, i.e. agricultural dictionaries in the S section, terms used in Patrick O'Brian's sea novels in the literature section.
The definitive dictionary for the history of the English language is the Oxford English Dictionary.