Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Encyclopedia Britannica Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Book of the Year. You can also use Encyclopædia Britannica Online to search an Internet directory that includes more than 300,000 links to web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of eBook encyclopedias on nearly every subject, available 24/7 through the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform.
Grolier Online includes the complete Encyclopedia Americana, as well as American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., the Encyclopedia Americana Atlas. the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (an 11-million-word repository of text and images maintained by the encyclopedia's editorial and technical staff), and Nueva enciclopedia Cumbre un linea (a complete Spanish language encyclopedia for students and adults built from the ground up with a Latin-American perspective). Also included is the Grolier Online Journal, a searchable news database with feature articles and links to online news.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You'll still find these in the OED, but you'll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.