Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and other Ready Reference Web Sites

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Ready Reference Meta Sites

From the publishers that bring you classic literature online, a site that provides access to encyclopedias and fact books, as well as to a fascinating array of literary reference sources such as Mencken's Language, Frazer's Golden Bough, and Bulfinch's Mythology.


Best Information on the Net

From St. Ambrose University, contains links to credible Internet materials for research organized as "Hot Paper Topics," "Resources by Major," and other useful categories.



Access to the online version of Britannica Encyclopaedia, the academic edition. Includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, links to the BBC News and the New York Times, atlases, and biographies.


Martindale's The Reference Desk

Award-winning reference site, strong in science and technology links




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Babel Fish

Yahoo's Translation Services


Directory of Translation Dictionaries is one of the most comprehensive directories of bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries on the Internet. The site has a fully searchable database, with over two thousand titles referenced.

"NetLingo is an online dictionary about the Internet. It contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the technology and community of the World Wide Web."


Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

OneLook Dictionaries

Over 350 different dictionaries with almost two million words; excellent citations, including word origins.

Online Etymology Dictionary

Although not a substitute for the Oxford English Dictionary, this free resource provides the origins of thousands of words (from Douglas Harper).


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Statistical information on world religions



Access to the online version of Britannica Encyclopaedia, the academic edition

Catholic Encyclopedia

1913 edition. Use as an historical source only. The contemporary edition with supplements can be found in the Reference Room of the library. R203 N53c 2003


Encyclopedia of Life

Provides "global access to knowledge about life on earth." EOL is a Wickipedia for the life sciences sponsored by respected universities, libraries, and institutions across the globe. More info on EOL.

Highbeam Encyclopedia

From e-library

Jewish Encyclopedia

"This web site contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations. This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.

Online version of Information Please Almanac, includes almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, and atlas


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

An excellent open-access reference source created by contributions from libraries and philosophy departments all over the world. Features in depth articles with extensive bibliographies.

Symbols Encyclopedia


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Roget's International Thesaurus(1852 edition)



Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (10th ed., 1919)

Provided by Project Bartleby at Columbia University


Fagan Finder Quotations and Proverbs Search

Links to many quotation sites

Land of Quotes

Offering myriad quotations on varied subjects from many sources

Quotations Page

Various quotations organized by subject [motivational, quotes of the week, etc.]


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Other Resources

Acronym Finder

This Internet site provides a list of possible matching organization names, phrases, or words for acronyms and initialisms the user submits (e.g. ALA - American Library Association).

Oddens' Bookmarks

"The fascinating world of maps and mapping"

The Universal Currency Converter

Allow you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations using up to the minute currency rates.


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