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English Language and Usage

Oxford English Dictionary Online (Publisher)
Includes the complete text of the OED's twenty-volume Second Edition and three-volume Additions Series, plus draft material from the ongoing project to create a completely revised Third Edition. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world. It offers etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Oxford English Dictionaries and Thesauri (Publisher)
Includes dictionaries and thesauruses for the English language as used in specific countries outside of the United States of America.

Oxford English Usage (Publisher)
Includes works on the use of the English language referencing grammar, etymology, idioms, slang, abbreviations, eponyms, rhetoric and semiotics. (Internet)
A multi-source dictionary search service based on resources such as the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English, The American Heritage Dictionaries, Princeton's WordNet and Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. (Internet)
For use in finding synonyms and antonyms. This site is based upon Rogetís II: The New Thesaurus.

OneLook Dictionary Search (Internet)
Describes itself as a search engine for words. Aids with spelling and translations also. No word is too obscure: More than 4 million words in more than 800 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook search engine.

Bilingual Dictionaries

Oxford Bilingual Dictionaries (Publisher)
Includes bilingual dictionaries in 7 language pairs (French-English, German-English, Irish-English, Italian-English, Latin-English, Spanish-English and Welsh-English) and bilingual business dictionaries in 2 language pairs (Spanish and French).

Subject-Specific Dictionaries

Oxford Subject-Specific Dictionaries (Publisher)
Use the drop down box to select from 26 specialized areas. Allows access to about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary (Internet)
Published by InteliHealth.

UNESCO Thesaurus: alphabetical list (Internet)
The UNESCO Thesaurus is a controlled vocabulary developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation which includes subject terms for the following areas of knowledge: education; science; culture; social and human sciences; information and communication; and politics, law and economics.

Webopedia (Internet)
Online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology.

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