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General Reference


Dictionaries & Thesauri

alphaDictionary
Indexes more than 800 online dictionaries, thesauri, and such in 150 different languages.

Acronym and Abbreviation Server
Search by acronym or words to find the meaning behind the acronym or abbreviation.

ARTFL Project
Reference tools from the American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language.

Bartleby
Provides free access to a variety of reference works, chiefly for English research.

Biographical Dictionary
Includes more than 25,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.

Dictionary of Occupational Titles Index
Supplied by the US Dept. of Labor, it is an alphabetical listing of descriptions of occupations.

Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus
Provides the ability to look up words in Old English (600 - 1150).
(Available to KSU authorized users at Kent, Salem, and Stark)

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Users can either browse the dictionary or search for the definition and usage of individual terms from The Department of Defense Dictionary and the Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations.

Duhaime's Law Dictionary
Alphabetical listing of common legal terms.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries, searchable by subject or keywords within the entry.
Available to KSU authorized users)

HandSpeak
A practical sign language dictionary.

'Lectric Law Library's Legal Lexicon
Alphabetical listing of definitions & explanations of legal terms, phrases & concepts.

OneLook Dictionaries
Retrieve definitions from multiple online dictionaries with a single search.

OED: Oxford English Dictionary
OhioLINK resource: lists all English words (about 1 million) from Middles Ages to the present and defines their meanings at specific times in history. Off-campus access is also available.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Oxford Reference Online
Full text of about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works from Oxford University Press.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Reference Universe
This database searches the full text of major reference works then presents the titles of articles in those reference works and a link to the library's local catalog to see if the work is in the collection. It does not provide the full text of the articles.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

RhymeZone
Enter words to find other words that rhyme.

travlang's Translating Dictionaries
Translates a number of languages to and from English.

WWWebster Dictionary
Definitions from Webster's 10th Collegiate edition, 1993.

 

Encyclopedias

Enciclopedia Universal en Español
The Spanish edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia Mythica
An encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legend.

Encyclopedia of Associations - International
Contact information and descriptions for multinational and national groups based throughout the world, as well as multinational associations headquartered in the U.S. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of Associations - National
Detailed information about nonprofit American organizations of national scope. More than 23,000 organizations in categories such as trade, business, and commercial; legal, governmental, public administration, and military; cultural; educational; veterans, hereditary, and patriotic; athletic and sports; fan clubs, and more. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of Associations - Regional, State, and Local
Information on more than 100,000 associations and societies that are organized and function at the regional (both interstate and intrastate), state, county, city, neighborhood, or local levels. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
The most comprehensive reference work ever published in the biological sciences. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of Political Science
A comprehensive resource related to the study of political science with an international scope. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of Religion in America
This encyclopedia examines the development of religions in the U.S. and their impact and infuence on life in America. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
This reference work discusses the significance of the various rights listed in the first amendment (freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc.). (Available to Kent State authorized users)

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History
Provides an historical perspective on the events, people, and ideas that helped shaped American politics. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

EncycloZine
Offers entries to more than 100 broad topics in the arts, humanities, science, technology, history, biology, the World Wide Web, mathematics, games, puzzles, quizzes, and illusions.

Information Please
Contains access to a number of online reference tools, searchable together or individually.

Ready Reference Collection (IPL)
A collection of Internet resources gathered together with the needs of the Internet community in mind.

Reference Universe
This database searches the full text of major reference works then presents the titles of articles in those reference works and a link to the library's local catalog to see if the work is in the collection. It does not provide the full text of the articles.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Science Online
An online encyclopedia covering the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Physics, Space and Astronomy, Weather and Climate.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Sport Quest
The virtual resource center for sport information.

Wikipedia
A free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Articles are usually written by anonymous authors who volunteer their "expertise" by collaboratively contributing content.

Wiley International Encyclopedia of Marketing
A premier reference work with hundreds of entries written by experts from across the globe.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

WorldBook
Full text of the encyclopedia. (Available to Kent State authorized users)

 

Directories

CollegeSource Online
Full text to U.S. college and university Catalogs.
(Available to Kent State Stark authorized users)

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
Listings for radio and television stations and cable companies, print media, and broadcast media. Includes contact info and key personnel.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Foundation Directory Online
Updated monthly, the directory contains information about the largest 10,000 public and private foundations in the U.S. and links to foundation web sites.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Literary Leaps
Includes over 18,000 U.S. bookstores. To find the bookstore nearest to you, just type in the name of your city and state or type in your zip code.

National Faculty Directory
Lists faculty information from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada..
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Publishers Directory
U.S. and Canadian publishing operations. Includes contact information and descriptions of publishers and distributors of books, classroom materials, prints, reports, and databases.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

School Match
A listing that contains all of the public school systems in the United States.

U.S. House of Representatives Members & Committees
Directory of general members and committee members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Senators
Alphabetical listing of all of the U.S. Senate members.

University Pages
Provides access to university home pages, listed by country and state.

Ward's business directory of U.S. private and public companies
Provides information on over 100,000, mostly private, U.S. companies.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Washington Information Directory Online
Washington Information Directory Online provides verified and updated mailing addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail and Web site addresses, contact names, and descriptions for 10,000 federal government offices, regulatory agencies, congressional committees, judicial offices, public interest groups, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

People/Business Finders


Almanacs

Computer Almanac
Interesting and useful numbers about computers.

CQ Almanac
Yearly review of major events and legislation related to the U.S. Congress starting in 1946.
(Available to KSU authorized users)

Old Farmer's Almanac
Since 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac has published useful information for people in all walks of life.

This Day in History
From The History Channel, Provides historical reference to events occurring on a specific day of the year.

World Factbook
Provides fundamental and factual reference material on countries and issues.

 

Speeches & Quotations

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Phrases and passages from ancient and current literature.

Quotations Page
A catalog of Quotation resources on the Internet.

COMM 26000 Speeches
Speeches used for the Criticism of Public Discourse course.