Databases: By Subject: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Databases:

Directory Library

Search for groups or organizations using the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Brands and Their Companys, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., and more online. 

Explora

Explora - Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora for Kids

Explora for Kids is a research database designed with students and educators in mind. Elementary school students can learn about their favorite subject. Look up words. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find pictures. Translate articles into more than 30 languages. 

Explora for Teens

Explora for Teens is a research database designed for middle and high school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary.  Translate articles  into more than 30 languages.

Oxford Dictionaries (Foreign Languages)

With dictionaries in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese; Oxford Dictionaries is your destination whenever you need language guidance: every time you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language, or whether you're using it correctly. It's your first point of reference and your guide to the language of today.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is the unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Oxford Reference

The Oxford Reference Collection combines quick reference coverage of many subjects with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions. From ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles, Oxford Reference provides users with reliable and authoritative answers to their research questions. 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

Virtual Reference Library

A “world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses,” the Virtual Reference Library features over one million articles about a wide array of subjects.

World Book

"The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites."

World Book Early World of Learning

"World Book Online: Early World of Learning offers an interactive learning environment for children in preschool and early elementary grades, which includes resources to help them grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills."

World Book French

World Book du livre et il est "le contenu éditorial, du multimédia et contenu interactif" est maintenant disponible en français!

World Book Kids

"World Book Kids features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources."

World Book Spanish

¡World Book y que es "el contenido editorial, multimedia y contenido interactivo" ya está disponible en español!

Websites:

Columbia Encyclopedia – 6th Edition

Browse and/or search this online encyclopedia to access its more than 50,000 entries.

Dictionary and Thesaurus – Merriam-Webster Online

Use this site to search the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus, Elementary Dictionary, Medical Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, and/or Visual Dictionary.

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