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resourcesThis page contains links to writing sites where you should be able to enhance your word power. Dictionaries will help you find the meaning of those elusive words, thesauri will give you the option of which words to use, while quotes will let you find the exact quote when you need it (check out the quotes under 'General Snip-bits on this site). Finally, encyclopaedias' should help you find the meaning you have been searching for.

 

Dictionaries

Thesauri

Quotes

Encyclopaedias

 

Dictionaries

AllWords gives definitions, translates words into eight different languages and lets you listen to word pronunciation. It also has 'words of the week', crossword solver, a good links section and Glossary Central.  Excellent resource site.  

Biographical Dictionary. This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. The dictionary can be searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords.  

Biography.com.  Website based on the popular A&E Biography series. Includes biographies of over 25,000 personalities.  Excelent resorce which has been used on this site often  

Cambridge International Dictionaries Online. Allows you to search four different online dictionaries, including the Cambridge International Dictionary of English (jolly good!), the Cambridge Dictionary of American English (dude!), Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (back off!), and the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms (about time!).

 

Dictionary of Life Science and Biotechnology Defines over 6,500 terms associated with biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, cellular biology and genetics, as well as  specialty dictionaries and biology terms. Both words and definitions can be searched.

Rhyme Zone Rhyming dictionary and thesaurus: rhymes, near rhymes, homophones synonyms, and semantic siblings of English words.  

Merriam-Webster Online Large site by Merriam-Webster that features a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopaedias' and much more.  

Newbury House Online Dictionarycontains over 40,000 entries and is based on the best selling Newbury House Dictionary of American English.  

OneLook Dictionaries.  Use this site to search 55 scientific, technical, or medical indexed dictionaries. The site also includes links to a number of other unidexed dictionaries).  

Oxford English Dictionary. The online version of the seminal dictionary of the English language. Registration required.  

RefdeskSince 1995, Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources. 

That Almost Rhyme. B-Rhymes is a rhyming dictionary that's not stuck up about what does and doesn't rhyme. It gives you words that sound good together even if don't technically rhyme.  

Wordsmyth  American English dictionary and thesaurus.  

Your Dictionaries YourDictionary is the easiest-to-use online dictionary. It is a dictionary you can understand with lots of tools to help you choose your words precisely, understand a word, avoid usage pitfalls and be confident in your use of words.  

WordNet. Online lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory."  

WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary is capable of searching for end rhymes, last syllable rhymes, double rhymes, beginning rhymes, and first syllable rhymes.

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Thesauri

 

Thesaurus.com and Dictionary.comincludes related sites that include links to writers' resources, games, word information, and more.   Roget's Thesaurus is a useful online thesaurus with definitions for most English words  

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus. The collegiate versions of their famed reference books.  

World Wide Words A Website that explains weird and unusual words and strange turns of phrase.  

Word Play has an endlessly diverting collection of word games from all around the web.  

 

Quotes

 

 

Cool Quotes.   Having problems finding a cool quote of interest?  Try CoolQuote who are striving to be the best place on the internet to get cool quotes,  With a random quote generator, Quote of the Day feature and a wide range of categories such as:  Famous, Funny, Movie, Inspirational, Friendship, Motivational and love quotes, your bound to find the quote you want!

Quotes Matrix  is an absolutely amazing site that acts as a hyper linked commonplace book.  This site offers a lattice of recurring ideas drawn from ancient and modern literature.  

Quoteland.com.  Find quotations on anything; identify quotations by anyone.  

The Quotations Page was originally developed as a catalog of quotation resources on the Internet; it has since evolved into a large-scale quotation site with many original resources. Includes a quote search.  

QuoteWorld has over 13,000 quotes, in association with Amazon.com.  

The Quotations ArchiveThe purpose of the Quotes Archive is to proved visitors with some of the best thoughts and statements. As stated by Michel de Montaigne (French influential Renaissance author) "I quote others only better to express myself".

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Encyclopaedias

 

 

Encyclopedia Brittanica.  The original, and the still the best. The online version provides links to other websites to continue the research.  

Encyclopaedia has more than 14,000 articles searchable by keyword or phrase.  

Encarta Encyclopaedia.  Microsoft's online encyclopaedia ceased to exist in 2009.  This link will take you to Microsofts download site where you will be able to download the latest version (2013 edition).  

The Encyclopaedia Mythica An online encyclopaedia for mythology, legend, and folklore.

 

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