Almanacs, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias

Subscription databaseGale Virtual Reference Library - full-text encyclopedias and other reference sources in a number of subject areas

Subscription databaseNew Dictionary of the History of Ideas - brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society

SIRS Discoverer - young students will find everything they need to complete assignments and learn more about their favorite topics, including a science fair explorer, The World Almanac for Kids, biographies, and country facts

Cambridge Dictionaries Online - several different Cambridge dictionaries including a dictionary of idioms and a learner's dictionary - a database of more than 33,000 festivals and events around the world.
Information Please - reference site where you can find millions of facts on thousands of subjects including sports, entertainment, sci-tech, business, education, and health

Merriam-Webster Online - includes the Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus with a spelling-help feature

Wikipedia - a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project, written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world.  Read Researching with Wikipedia for more background

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