Dictionary and Encyclopedia Information

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Dictionaries and encyclopedias

  • American National Biography S Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history, written by prominent scholars
  • Credo Reference S Access to over 850 reference titles, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, DK Eyewitness titles and the Who's Who of... series
  • Dictionary.com
  • Encyclopedia.com Reference information, thesaurus, dictionaries and language tools
  • Issues Online S Debates on topical issues
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary and thesaurus of American English
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography S 56,000 scholarly biographies from 2,400 years of British history
  • Oxford English Dictionary S The major reference dictionary, with comprehensive listing of each word origin
  • Thesaurus.com 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