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Reference Tools

Your one-stop for reference sources such as encyclopedias, abbreviations, biographies, dictionaries and more.

General Dictionaries


Cambridge Dictionaries OnlineLook up your word in a number of dictionaries published by Cambridge   

Merriam Webster OnlineThis web site links you to a number of Merriam Webster’s online publications including dictionaries and encyclopedias
OneLook DictionariesActing like a search engine, OneLook will take you to sites that give definitions or translations of a word 

Oxford English Dictionary (U of C only) – The Oxford Dictionary in electronic format

American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus  provides a wide range of synonyms organized in alphabetical order

Credo Reference (U of C only) -  online encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, covering topics from A to Z

Yourdictionary.comYourDictionary is a free online dictionary and much more. The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word.

Subject Specific

For subject specific dictionaries or further support, please see the list of subject research guides and choose your subject.

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