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Academic Reference

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Merriam Webster Online.
Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.
One Look Dictionaries.
Search 675 online dictionaries.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online.
Provides access to "free online English dictionaries from Cambridge University Press: International English, American English, Spanish-English, and French-English."
Language dictionaries and translators.
Visual Thesaurus.
Enter a word in the online text boxl, and explore meanings with an interactive map.
WordIQ. offers "search results from a diverse array of dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, and other valuable references."
The Free Dictionary.
Plethora of dictionaries, including "English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine".
Information Please.
Internet encyclopedia, almanac, and atlas.
Encyclopedia Brittanica Online.
Paid service, however you can use it free for 14 days.
iTools! comprises general and subject specific dictionaries (including IT), synonyms, antonyms, thesauruses, and the ability to hear the word pronounced.
Search 22.
Reference search engine linking to dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations, thesauri, and more. Searchable by keywords.

Reference Desks
Virtual Learning Resource Center.
The Virtual Learning Resource Center comprises approximately 6,000 learning resources arranged by categories from the American Civil War to Writing Style Guides. Some resources are searchable and a directory of search engines are included. Check it out for your next term paper project.
Library of Congress Virtual Reference Shelf.
Internet reference shelf compiled by the Library of Congress organized into thirty subjects. A librarian can be contacted through email if you need research help.

Acronymn Finders
The Acronym Finder.
Billed "the Web's most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms." Over 259,000 definitions.
The Acronym Database.
Includes the Top 50 acroynms people search for.


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