Reference Tools


  • – The premier online library and research Web site, puts millions of articles from some of the world’s most authoritative and highly respected publications at your fingertips.A free online encyclopedia, features premier titles like The Columbia EncyclopediaOxford’s World Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of World Biography.
  • International Encyclopedia of Communication Online – A vast library giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in your field. With unbeatable functionality, students, lecturers, and researchers will find the International Encyclopedia of Communication Online an invaluable learning, teaching, and research resource
  • Encyclopedia of Life – A new project to create an online reference source and database for every one of the 1.8 million species that are named and known on this planet.
  • NatureServe Explorer: An Online Encyclopedia of Life – An authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. Explorer includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.

Dictionaries and Thesaurus

  • Roget’s Thesaurus II : The New Thesaurus – A searchable online version of the book by the same title, this site provides access to 35, 000 synonyms and 250, 000 cross references. Features word definitions, hyperlinked category and alphabetical index.
  • Merriam-Webster online – Facilitates access to the print version of Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition. Includes thesaurus, audio pronunciations feature, real time words, word games, and other materials in the English language.
  • Cambridge Dictionaries Online – Intended for non native speakers, this site provides searchable versions of Cambridge’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Dictionary of American English, International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, International Dictionary of Idioms, Lerner’s Dictionary, Diccionario Cambridge Klett Compact ( English-Spanish ), and Dictionnaire Cambridge Klett Compact ( English- French ).
  • The Free Dictionary – Serves as “English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one”.


  • Information Please Almanac – This is the online version of the Time Almanac. It is a comprehensive reference source that “allows searching along with the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs containing statistics, facts, and historical records.”
  • Guinness Worlds Records – The Guinness Worlds Records site contains “selection of records found in the Guinness World Records database.”
  • GeoHive: Global Statistics – GeoHive Global statistics contains a “collection of tables and graphs featuring statistical look at countries geopolitical data, statistics on human, population of regions, countries, provinces and cities; economics; infrastructure, etc.”
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac – This site contains “astronomical events, weather conditions and forecasts, recipes, and gardening tips.”