Scientific Methods

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Books on line

In for a little reading - here is a catalog of more than 25,000 books with full online text. Includes some serials. Searchable by author, title, and subject and available from the University of Pennsylvania

Dictionaries Online

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:

Cambridge University Press Dictionaries of English, American English, Phrasal Verbs, and Idioms:


Commonly confused words:

Compendium of online dictionaries (extensive):


The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, definitions from the dark side:


Information technology:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Mispronounced words and phrases:

OneLook Dictionaries (simultaneously search 963 dictionaries with nearly 6 million entries):

Online Dictionaries

Rhyme and synonym finder:

Strange and Unusual Dictionaries (one-letter words, words with all consonants, words with all vowels):

Units of Measurement:

Wiktionary, a collaborative project to produce a free multilingual dictionary in every language, with definitions, etymologies and pronunciations:

Thesauri Online

Merriam-Webster Thesaurus: (include subscription for email word of the day ... feel inspired to increase your vocabulary?)

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus:


Visual Thesaurus:


Columbia Encyclopedia containing nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, the current Sixth Edition is among the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedias ever produced.

Encyclopedia Britannica (a subscription service, but you can request a featured article a day to be email to you - could be useful for you Weblogs!)

Want to cook up a storm in the Kitchen? Then visit the spice encyclopedia
But the best is Wikipedia is an encyclopedia with content created by its users. All original material contributed to Wikipedia is deemed to be free content under the GNU Free Documentation License, meaning that it may be freely used, freely edited, freely copied and freely redistributed. Because pages are continually being edited, no article is ever finished.

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Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
University of the Western Cape
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