Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

American Heritage Book of English Usage
Full-text of the 1996 edition of the Book of English Usage, which provides users with a guide to the use of contemporary English, including grammar, style, word choice, pronunciation, etc. Provided by Bartleby.com

American Indian History Online
This database from Facts on File offers access to more than 500 Native American groups and more than 15,000 years of American Indian culture, history, and biographies. Includes a wealth of primary resource materials.

American Sign Language Dictionary
A dictionary of American Sign Language terms with illustrations and text to explain how to sign each term.

Bartlett’s Quotations
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 9th edition (1901) with over 9,000 quotations. From Bartleby.com

Biographical Dictionary
Brief biographical information for around 18,000 persons. Search by person’s name, by keyword, or by date. International in scope.

Biographical dictionary with links to related information on the web. Entries originate from the Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, the Cambridge Encyclopedia, the Gale Group, and A&E Television.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Hypertext edition of the classic Dictionary taken from Brewer’s substantially revised and extended edition of 1894. Browse or keyword search this listing of phrases, words, proverbs, allusions, etc. Entries are cross-referenced and hypertext-linked.

Columbia Encyclopedia
The 6th edition of the largest one-volume general enyclopedia available. Published in 2000 with over 50,000 article entries, 40,000 bibliographic citations, and over 80,000 cross-reference entries. Full-text is searchable.

Dictionary Index
Well-organized links to dictionaries of all kinds on the Internet. Includes listings by language and by topic (for subject dictionaries). Most dictionaries included are free to users.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Online version of this premier encyclopedia, that is fully searchable and allows subject browsing. Numerous additional features are integrated on the search interface.

Internet Movie Database
Large directory of films with detailed information on each movie listed, including information on characters, distributors, awards, box office grosses, etc.

Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
Searchable WWW version including an online Thesaurus.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Searchable online version of the 29 volume print publication, includes bibliographical references

OneLook Dictionaries
Access to over 460 dictionaries, general and specialized, for example, medical, Japanese, art, etc.

Oxford English Dictionary Online
Search the OED Online which contains the complete text of the OED’s twenty-volume Second Edition and three-volume Additions Series. It not only provides word and phrase definitions, but also traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.

Pulitzer Prizes
Covers the entire history of the Pulitzer Prize award. Divided into four sections, this web site includes a section on the most recent award-winners, an archive, and history and resources sections. Includes information on the Pulitzer board members, plus a timeline of past winners and photographs and news stories on recent winners. Sponsored by the Columbia Journalism Review.

Roget’s II Thesaurus
Full-text of the new Roget’s Thesaurus, published in print in 1996. Provided by Bartleby.com

Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations
Published in print in 1998, Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations provides over 10,000 quotes from over 4000 sources. Provided by Bartleby.com