Literary encyclopedias, dictionaries

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Literary encyclopedias and dictionaries; a comprehensive list of websites

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Biography

Biography.com
A database of 25,000 biographies.

Biographical Dictionary
Facts on 28,000 famous people.

Biography Center
Keyword search over 10,000 biographies.

Infoplease Biography

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature. An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes

Citizendium.org
scholarly community, a global group of collaborators, is hoping to create the most reliable and largest encyclopedia that they can. If an “approved” or “certified” version of an article is available, that version will be presented to the public by default; in that case, viewing unapproved versions will require further mouse clicks for the public, and such versions will be clearly labelled as unapproved, and users will be instructed not to rely upon them. The Citizendium will be owned and ultimately controlled by a non-profit organization.

Columbia Encyclopedia

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Encyclopedia Britannica
Explore Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.

An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes

Encyclopedic Social Network
Saciol is a new kind of encyclopedia, delivering structured multimedia information about artists, musicians and authors (among others). Personalities are shown within their historical and cultural context, allowing the users to have the full picture encompassing the people life achievements, but also their post-mortem influence.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Search over 2 million records, with 210,500 images, video and sound files from dozens of Smithsonian museums, archives and libraries.

English-French Online Dictionary
Travlang

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The Free Dictionary.com
Dictionary (with contextual examples), Thesaurus, a Literature Reference Library and Search Engine.

French-English Dictionary/ English-French Dictionary.

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Hyperdictionary


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Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy
A peer-reviewed academic resource.

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Libraryspot
LibrarySpot.com brings the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in one user-friendly spot. Sites featured on LibrarySpot.com are hand-selected and reviewed by their editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary
The aim of The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary is to provide profiles of the lives and works of literary authors whose works are valued in the English language, and other prominent figures such as philosophers and musicians whose lives and works are of interest to the literary reader. The site is written and owned by a global network of scholars and researchers (currently some 670 and rising steadily), all specialists who know and love their material.

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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary. The new online version.

Proverbs *

The Phrase Finder
A large archive of phrases, sayings, quotes and cliches, with their meanings and origins. Give it a word and it will return a related list.
Quotations from novelists.

 

Search Oxford English Dictionary

 

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Roget’s Thesaurus

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Saciol
Social is a new kind of encyclopedia, delivering structured multimedia information about artists, musicians and authors (among others). Personalities are shown within their historical and cultural context, allowing the users to have the full picture encompassing life achievements, but also their post-mortem influence.

Spiers English-French Dictionary
Dictionnaire Géneral Anglais-Français, published in 1853.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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Wikipedia encyclopedia literature entries.

Wordnik
Wordnik aggregates results from many great dictionaries and provides example sentences from literature, news and blogs.

Word Reference. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
English to Spanish, Spanish to English, English to German, German to English,English to Italian,Italian to English, English to French, French to English.

Wordsmyth. Online American English dictionary with an integrated thesaurus. 
WEDT contains 50,000 headwords, and very precisely defined and hyperlinked synonyms. Searchable

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