General Reference Sites
Databases and Directories
General Reference Sites
Internet Public Library Reference Center - An excellent annotated reference site with information and links to many topics and subjects.
Bartleby.com - "The pre-eminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web free of charge," includes quotations, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus and English usage, authors,titles, etc.
Information Please - Almanacs, dictionaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias etc. and lots of educational tools.
Refdesk - "The single best source for facts on the Net."
iTools - Very useful collection of reference material including full-text dictionaries, thesauri, biographies, maps etc.
yourDictionary.com - The dictionary of dictionaries. An index of online dictionaries. Easy to use collection of more than 400 dictionaries in more than 250 languages.
www.dictionary.com - English with links to other languages, also a thesaurus.
Merriam-Webster - More than 160,000 entries plus a thesaurus.
Wordreference - The Collins English dictionary plus 4 multilingual dictionaries, English to Spanish, French, Italian and German. It can also be used as a browser add-on tool.
Wordsmyth - An integrated English dictionary and thesaurus.
One Look - A dictionary search engine.
The Linguist - An amazing collection of links to hundreds of dictionaries, bilingual, multilingual, unilingual, by subject, by language family etc.
Cambridge - Cambridge dictionary of American English- advanced, learner's, idioms, French/English, Spanish/English, the top words for 2003!
RhymeZone - Rhyming dictionary and thesaurus, synonyms and definitions, antonyms, etc.
Acronym Dictionary - Find out what that acronym means!
Biographical Dictionary - Over 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day - brief entries.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography - Online in English and French from the National Library of Canada. The first phase presents persons who died between the years 1000 and 1920.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - The classic dictionary of quotations.
Creative Quotations - Searchable database of more than 25,000 quotations both current and historical.
The Quotations Page - A searchable database of quotations compiled from quotations resources on the net.
Britannica - The online version of the famous Encyclopedia Britannica.
Encarta - The online version from MSN, also a dictionary and atlas.
The Canadian Encyclopedia/l'Encyclopédie canadienne - The complete encyclopedia online. Includes encyclopedia of music in Canada, Maclean's, timelines of Canadian history. "The most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all things Canadian."
Encyclopedia.com - More than 57,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps.
Wikipedia - An open-content encyclopedia in many languages which was started in January 2001 - there are now 1,438,000 articles in the English version.
Free Internet Encyclopedia - An encyclopedia composed of information available on the internet. There is a Micro-Reference: an alphabetically arranged set of links to information, and a Macro-Reference: a thematic arrangement with an index.
1911 Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica - The famous edition with much information still relevant today -over 29 volumes with articles written by experts in their fields many of whom were the most famous people of their age, e.g. Henry Ford. It was considered to represent the sum of human knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century.
Medical Encyclopedia - From the National Institutes of Health - MedlinePlus - over 4000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms etc.
Encyclopedia Mythica - An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore and legend.
Encyclopédie Hachette -Multimédia, 50000 articles, 65000 définitions, des cartes, des photos.
L'encyclopédie de l'agora - "La premiére encyclopédie virtuelle, évolutive et participative en langue française."
Databases and Directories
Discovery Streaming: Username and password available in library. Search or browse the over 80,000 video clips. From Planet Earth to Math Starters, find a video that will enhance your project!
Librarians' Index to the Internet (LII) - A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 12,000 internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians. An excellent directory for research. (also see the Virtual Reference Book in the library)
MapleSquare - Canada's internet directory.
About - A directory providing highly targeted topics overseen by subject specialists dedicated to helping you get what you want quickly and easily.
Listings Canada - A searchable Canadian directory of over 150,000 web site links.
Looksmart Canada - A directory of Canadian resources.
Homer - The Canadian search directory: maps, radio & TV, guide to the provinces, business etc.
Culture Canada - A government directory of web sites for Canadian culture including history, art, literature and much more.In English and French.
Altavista Photo Finder - The most comprehensive database of images.
Canadian Information by Subject - An information service developed by the Library and Archives Canada to provide links to information about Canada from Internet resources around the world.