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Almanacs
InfoPlease
Combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several up-to-the minute almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records, Infoplease places the resources of an entire reference information center at your fingertips.
CIA World Factbook
Offers country profiles and reference maps.
Dictionaries
The Wordsmyth English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
OneLook Dictionaries
Allows you to search for multiple definitions of a word from a variety of online dictionaries.
YourDictionary.com
This resource provides an English dictionary and thesaurus, as well as several foreign language dictionaries.
A Dictionary of Slang
This resource offers links to various slang dictionaries available on the web.
Encyclopedias
Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, at InfoPlease.com
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia.com
Encyclopedia that also provides access and links to full-text articles from various publications for a fee via E-library.
Quotations
Bartleby.com Quotations Directory
A collection of online books containing 120,000 of the most authoratative quotations on the web.
Quotations by authors constitute this authoritative collection.
Thesauri
Oxford Dictionaries
Contains a dictionary and thesaurus, as well as quotations, word of the day, games, and lexicography.
Thesaurus.com
Abbreviations
Abbreviations.com
the world's largest and most comprehensive directory and search engine for acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms on the Internet.
Acronym Finder
Searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.
The Internet Acronym Server
Acronyms from all subject areas.