Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary (e-book)

Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included.

Ask Me Everything: Facts, Stats, Lists, Records, and more (e-book)

Provides lists and quips, stats and quotes, to keep readers of all ages asking questions for hours.

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (e-book)

Features a combination of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories and sub-categories.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (e-book)

An on-line version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica providing full text articles with links to Web sites.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Young Adults (e-book)

An on-line version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica providing full text articles with links to Web sites especially for Teens & Young Adults.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Updated annually, this database features over 25,000 informative segments of the encyclopedia, with alphabetically arranged articles, illustrations and maps.

Green's Dictionary of Slang (e-book)

Covering five centuries of all English-speaking regions of the world, this dictionary provides impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language.

Oxford English Dictionary (e-book)

The Oxford English Dictionary provides information about the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words, both present and past, using quotations to trace usage.

Oxford Reference

Facts, figures, definitions, scholarly articles, quotations, and bilingual dictionary translations collated from reference materials published by Oxford University Press.

World Almanac for Kids Online, The

Articles and fast facts on animals, careers, countries, history, people, space, and much more, with full-color images and dynamic daily features, providing fun material that complements school curriculum.

World Book Encyclopedia (e-book)

Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, videos, maps and more. Includes World Book Kids (for elementary-school students), World Book Student (middle and high-school students), and World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (a Spanish-language encyclopedia).