Online Reference Tools

General and Multi-purpose Reference Tools

  • Answers.com. Returns information from multiple reference works, or Google results if nothing is found
  • Bartleby.com Reference. Provides a number of standard reference works (e.g. Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget's Thesaurus and several dictionaries of quotations) which can be browsed, or searched either individually or together
  • iTools. Online search of a large number of reference resources individually but from a single page; also links to the resources

English Dictionaries and Thesauri

Foreign Language Dictionaries and Translation Services


Multilingual

French

German

Encyclopaedias and Subject Dictionaries


General

  • OneLook Dictionaries. Search over 300 dictionaries in a range of fields
  • Encyclopedia.com from Electric Library. Over 17,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.

Astronomy and astrophysics

Biography

Biology and biotechnology

Computing

Law

Medicine

Mythology

Telephone Directories

Travel Information

Maps

Other Reference Works

Reference Collections