Council services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Maintaining essential services to support your health and wellbeing

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Information

We think you will find the following links useful, but please note that Cheshire East Council accepts no responsibility for external sites or their contents.

S = Subscription service brought to you free of charge by Cheshire Libraries.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

  • Credo Reference S Access to over 850 reference titles, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, DK Eyewitness titles and the Who's Who of... series
  • Reference information, thesaurus, dictionaries and language tools
  • Issues Online S Debates on topical issues
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary and thesaurus of American English
  • Oxford English Dictionary S The major reference dictionary, with comprehensive listing of each word origin
  • Find synonyms and antonyms quickly with this free resource
  • World Book Discover S Content and tools for anyone who has difficulty reading English, whether due to language or learning difficulties. Multimedia content, activities, and a text-to-speech facility
  • World Book Online S Reference articles, multimedia, e-books and primary source material. Access to World Book Advanced, Student and Kids, as well as Science Power

Reference portals

  • Access to Research S Only available at the library Over 1.5 million academic articles from over 8,400 journals
  • British Library Reference Collections
  • Enquire The People's Network national live enquiry service where you can ask a librarian your question at any time of the day or night in real-time
  • iTools Research tools for language, finance, maps and the Internet