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Dictionaries, Almanacs, & Encyclopedias

  • Dictionaries, Almanacs, & Encyclopedias
    • Almanacs & Quick Information
      • Each study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. Most books in the series deal with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions. From the Library of Congress.
      • Chock full of information, just like its print version.
      • Comprehensive site that allows you to search by country, keyword or title. Contains over 1500 images
      • The Hennepin County Library (MN) staff's fugitive fact file contains hard-to-find answers in thousands of topics -- browseable or searchable. Results include answer, source, date, and web site, if pertinent. Some of it is MN specific, but there's something here for everyone!
      • The publishers have put the Information Please Almanac, their Entertainment Almanac and Sports Almanac, the Columbia Encyclopedia, and the Random House College Dictionary online for searching or browsing. You can search these ready reference works together or separately and by subject or full text keyword. Be sure to read their Help section. In addition they do a feature story each week (Spotlight) covering a topic in the news.
      • Large data source gathered from cited authoritative resources that allows users to compare all types of statistics on countries. Fun to browse for interesting statistical facts.
      • The List of Lists is a database of ranked listings of companies, people and resources available on the Internet.
      • This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government going back to 1900 of all currently existing countries and territories. Therefore for Soviet Union, see Russia.
      • This site lists the fifty states and information on their locations (latitude and longitude), birds, colleges and universities, constitutions, flowers, genealogical resources, geological formations, geographical features, mottos, national forests and parks, newspapers, nicknames, non profit organizations, populations, state and federal representatives, songs, and the dates of entry into the union. All facts are linked to over 1529 governmental or authoritative web pages.
      • Background notes is an official United States Government publication which profiles countries and organizations of the world. Each entry generally includes the following on each country: Profile, People, Government, Economy, History, Political Conditions, Economy, Foreign relations, Principal U.S. Officials.
      • A computational knowledge engine using its own internal knowledge base instead of searching the web and returning links. Emphasis on science and engineering plus a variety of subjects including mathematics, statistics, chemistry, finance, stock comparisons, geography, food, and data analysis.
      • Published annually, by the Central Intelligence Agency, this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world.
    • Calendars
      • Calculates Easter on the Julian, Gregorian and other calendars.
      • Provides links to many celestial, holiday, cultural and religious calendars.
      • Holiday information and list of special events for each month.
      • Search for holidays around the world by date, country or religion.
      • Calculates when federal holidays and other widely celebrated days fall for any given year after 1776. Includes dates for daylight savings time.
      • Allows you to determine the day of the week for any month and year.  Links to site where complete perpetual calendar is printable.
      • Finished Microsoft Word calendars for any date.
      • Database of important dates, listed by month. Have to choose month and can then use your browser's Find feature to search for an event. Great, if you don't have Chase's Annual Events handy and can guess the month you want.
    • Converters
      • This currency converter contains the exchange rates for 164 different currencies beginning on January 1, 1990. The converter is updated every day at 8:00pm EST.
      • Enter what you want to covert and what you want it converted to, then the calculator does its thing.  Also does time zone conversions.
      • Weight, Capacity and Volume, Length, Area, Speed Pressure, Temperature, Circular Measure, and Time.
      • Converts the time and date in one part of the world to the time and date in another part.
    • Dictionaries
      • Search for acronyms and abbreviations individually or by category, that include Computing, Internet, Business, Regional, and International subjects.
      • More than 480,000 entries covering acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms including Information Technology, Military & Government and Slang & Pop Culture.
      • Audio playback clips of word pronunciations by native speakers in over 280 languages with over 2.5 million pronunciations.  Entries limited to those that can be found in a dictionary.  Idioms, short phrases and titles are also included.

      • Contains very basic definitions with hypertext links to other terms for more than 4,400 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture. Updated regularly.
      • Hypertext dictionary of more than 4,000 investing terms, from InvestorGuide.
      • Multilingual on-line dictionary. Searches on words or phrases. More than 5 million words in the database.
      • This glossary of common and technical medical terms is available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. There is an English language dictionary for term definitions. From the European Commission.
      • Features a listing of hundreds of words that are rapidly evolving into the new vocabulary of the technology industry and the Web community.
      • The ultimate Internet dictionary lookup site. Search 460 general and specialized English dictionaries simultaneously, or select the ones you want to search.
      • Includes thesaurus and dictionary.
      • Translates your words from English to German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Afrikaans, Latin, or Esperanto, as well as from each of these languages to the others. Includes phrases.
      • Dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology.
      • Origins and theory of origins about "Ye Olde English Sayings" and "Amerispeak."
      • Hyper-linked definitions of more than 1,000 Internet and computer related terms. All can be browsed or searched.
      • This is an original standard dictionary-thesaurus of American English with definitions and pronunciations, an integrated thesaurus, and usage examples. A nice feature is the Approximate Search, which will find words that are close in spelling to your word. The database has approximately 50,000 headwords, and nearly 13,000 of these have thesaurus entries.
      • Based on the Webster's 10th Collegiate edition, 1993. More than 160,000 entries. Each word is accompanied by definition, pronunciation, usage, grammatical function, and a brief etymology. A thesaurus can be queried for similar words, hypertext cross references are available, and misspellings return suggested spellings. Includes an extensive pronunciation guide.
      • Internet directory of dictionaries with more than 800 dictionaries in over 160 different languages. Contains the following sections: languages; multilingual; specialized, thesauri and other vocabulary aids; and an index of other dictionary indexes.
    • Encyclopedias
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      • Features more than 100 sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, abbreviations, etc.
      • A free content online encyclopedia where anyone can post and edit an article on any subject.

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