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Online Reference Shelf--Dictionaries, Encylopedias, Thesaurii, and Quotations

Dictionaries  |   Encyclopedias   | Thesaurii   |   Quotations  |  Acronyms, Abbreviations and Symbols


Modern English  |  Multi-Search  |  Foreign Language  |  Specialized

Modern English Language Dictionaries
  • American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  • Meriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

    Multi-Search Dictionaries
    Select a dictionary or search a number of dictionaries at once.  Includes specialized and foreign language dictionaries 

  • Onelook Dictionaries

    Foreign Language Dictionaries 

  • French-English Dictionary/(English-French)

  • German-English Dictionary/(English-German)

  • Rustran: Russian-English Dictionary/(English-Russian)

  • Alta Vista Translator

    Specialized Dictionaries 

  • Animated American Sign Language Dictionary

  • Epicurious Food Dictionary
  • Legal Dictionary -- Nolo (Everybody's Legal Dictionary)
  • Glossary of Literary Terms and A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
  • Middle English Compendium
  • Computer/Internet Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias

    General  |  Specialized

    General Encyclopedias
  • Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition
    Courtesy of, you can browse the full text of this current edition (published in the year, 2000)
  • NobleMind


    Specialized Encyclopedias
    You can find more such encyclopedias in our Online Subject Index 

  • Encyclopedia Mythica
    Containing over 5,700 entries, this encyclopedia contains extended definitions of gods, goddesses, and folklore figures as well as providing introductions on mythologies for different regions of the world 
  • Encyclopedia of Teleivison
  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

    An ongoing project of the University of Tennessee
  • PC Webopedia
    For thorough, nontechnical definitions to computer terms, followed by links to web pages related to the subject of the terminology you are seeking
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

    Project still in process, but a number of entries are available at this time
  • Encyclopaedia of the Orient
  • TechEncyclopedia
    General Thesaurii
  • Roget's Thesaurus Search Form
  • Roget's II: The New Thesaurus
  • Lexical FreeNet
    Finds all sorts of relationships surrounding words or demonstrates relationships between two words and/or proper names you enter

    Subject Headings Thesaurii/Controlled Vocabulary  

  • MeSH Browser
    Terminology used in medicine according to the National Library of Medicine


  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

  • Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
  • Acronyms, Abbreviations and Symbols

  • World Wide Web Acronym and Abbreviation Server
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms in the U.S. Government

  • Journal Abbreviation Sources
    A listing of web sites, each one that spells out abbreviations to all sorts of journals and magazines used by many indexes and institutions
  • - An encyclopedia of Western signs and ideograms
    Indexes more than 2,500 Western symbols. Articles discuss their histories, meanings and uses.  Search either in their graphic index or their word index

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    This web site was last updated on May 11, 2004.
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