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Dictionaries and Related References

Acronym Finder ( claims to be the web's most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.

Academic Info - Online Dictionaries ( a meta-site that includes English, foreign language, and technical dictionaries and glossaries.

Merriam-Webster Online: Dictionary and Thesaurus (

Onelook ( has access to more than 6 million words in nearly 1,000 online dictionaries (December 2005), which are indexed by the OneLook search engine.

Oxford English Dictionary Online ( membership required - $29.95/mo or $295/yr.

Write Express' Free Online Rhyming Dictionary ( is an online dictionary for poetry and songwriting.

The Free Dictionary ( is a confusing set of English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesauri, Encyclopedias, with a Literature Reference Library and a Search Engine - all in one!

Wordnet (, based at the Princeton University Cognitive Science Lab, is an online lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept. Different relations link the synonym sets.

Technical Glossaries and Dictionaries

Netlingo ( a dictionary of Internet terms that describe the online world of business, technology, and communication.

Dictionary of Units of Measurement ( A comprehensive, growing and interactive resource on measurement systems and units.

Free On-line Dictionary of Computing is explained at ( and can be accessed directly at (

iTools ( offers a broad range of tools for search, language, and research. In a single page, you can look up dictionary entries, related Web sites, thesaurus entries, and much more. ( provides a glossary of terms directly related to hardware, software, and other technical devices.

TechWeb TechEncyclopedia ( is hosted by a major technical publishing company.

Webopedia ( is an online tech site, with a growing glossary, hosted by another major publisher. (, the original online tech glossary, has a hierarchy of definitions.


Columbia Encyclopedia ( The online version of the Columbia Encyclopedia is a complete, free online encyclopedia with hypertext cross-referencing. The site also provides access to the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, several collections of quotations, and English usage guides.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online ( Premium service gives you access to everything Britannica has to offer for $12/month or $85/year (December 2005). (, a free source hosted by eLibrary, has 57,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.

The Catholic Encyclopedia ( contains comprehensive historical information about the Catholic Church.

Wikipedia ( Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. It is an on-going subject of controversary over what constitutes factual information, and what is the process to obtain and maintain it. It is an issue, such as privacy, that predates the Internet, although its solution may depend on the Internet.


Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases ( is one of many sites with the name Roget, which is synonymous with thesaurus.

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus ( Plumb Design takes a visual approach to finding words. All related terms are connected by lines, creating a tree system of relationships among the various words. The Thesaurus can be purchased for $30.

Quotation Sources

John Bartletts Familiar Quotations ( is to quotations what Roget is to thesauri. The online version is the tenth edition of this classic, originally published in 1919. It is exhaustively cross-referenced and categorized. Searches can be made by author, topic, and other key words in Bartletts Quotations, the Columbia World of Quotations, and Simpsons Quotations.

Quoteland ( offers quotations (and lots of different ways to search for them), and an array of other tools.

Almanacs and Fact Books

The Old Farmers Almanac ( the original American almanac, has been part of Americal culture for 200 years. It offers weather predictions, guides for use in seasonal planting, solar and lunar cycles, and many other kinds of information. It also offers recipes, puzzles, articles of interest on a wide range of topics.

GeoHive Global Statistics ( This Internet-only almanac tracks global population statistics. You need a current browser to view the site, since most of its data is published in XML format.

CIA World Factbook ( The online version contains data through 2001. You can find information about countries, populations, flags, climate, political and social systems, and much more.

Dr. James E. Burke is a Principal in Burke Technology Services (BTS). BTS provides business assistance to startup technology companies, or organizations planning or integrating new technologies; develops and manages technology projects; performs technology evaluation and commercialization, and assists in technology-based economic development.

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