Our editors put together this compilation of
quality websites that offer all of the information found on the
classic reference shelf such as a dictionary, thesaurus,
encyclopedia, translation utilities, quotations, atlas and
Answerbag is a compilation of human knowledge and
experience. It is a universal, user-generated set of
frequently-asked questions (FAQs). It is built and policed by
its users, a worldwide information community that is working
together to make Answerbag an authoritative collection of
questions and answers on any topic relevant today.
Babel Fish Translation
Babel Fish Translation: Enter a block of text, choose the
language you want and presto, it's translated. Or enter a web
page and get it translated. A service of Alta Vista.
Computer Dictionary is based on the FOLDOC dictionary by
Denis Howe. It consists of almost 14 thousand computer-related
terms. To use the dictionary, you may search using the search
box above or you may browse the word listings by letter of the
Dictionary of Units
A Dictionary of Units
provides a summary of most of the units of measurement to be
found in use around the world today (and a few of historical
interest), together with the appropriate conversion factors
needed to change them into a 'standard' unit of the SI.
English Dictionary is a powerful, no-frills English
dictionary containing over 200,000 references with both US and
English Idioms is the creation of Wayne Magnuson. Idioms,
sayings and slang are listed alphabetically, by keyword or by
The Free Dictionary
Free Dictionary includes English, Medical, Legal, and
Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature
Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!
Encyclopedia.com, the Internet's premiere free encyclopedia,
provides users with more than 57,000 frequently updated articles
from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Each article is
enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well
as pictures and maps - all provided by eLibrary.
is the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S.
Godchecker allows you to browse the pantheons of the world,
explore ancient myths, and discover Gods of everything from
Fertility to Fluff with the fully searchable Holy Database Of
All Known Gods.
How Stuff Works
Stuff Works is about as special as it comes. Marshall Brain
has the answers for almost any question you can think of to ask.
How Stuff Works
is widely recognized as the leading source for clear, reliable
explanations of how everything around us actually works. Through
the flagship Web site the award-winning company has helped
demystify the world for millions of curious people.
Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to
all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular
radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and
since 1998 on the Internet at
www.infoplease.com. Many things have changed since 1938, but
not our dedication to providing reliable information, in a way
that engages and entertains.
National Geographic's redesigned
online atlas gives you the world—your way. Find nearly any
place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much
more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan
your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps.
Medical Dictionary provides explanations of various medical
terms and diseases. You may search the dictionary by using the
search box above or you can browse the medical topics by their
letter of the alphabet.
NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources
as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health
Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO,
UNICEF and OECD. A massive central data source and a handy way
to graphically compare nations.
Convert just about anything to anything else.
Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.
Bartleby.com combines the best of both contemporary and
classic quotations collections into a searchable database of
over 87,000 entries, the largest of its kind ever compiled.
Rhyme Zone you type in a word to find it's rhymes, synonyms,
antonyms, definitions, related words, homophones, similar
sounding words and more.
SYMBOLS.com contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged
into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. In
1,600 articles their histories, uses, and meanings are
thoroughly discussed. The signs range from ideograms carved in
mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, to hobo signs and subway
The Visual Thesaurus
This is a
thesaurus and so much more, amazing technology at work.
Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia that is being
written collaboratively by contributors from all around the
world. The site is a WikiWiki, meaning that anyone, including
you, can edit any article right now by clicking on the "edit
this page" link that appears in every Wikipedia article except
for a few protected pages.
This site exists mainly to enable people to
discuss English word or phrase origins, or to share other
interesting aspects of the language with like-minded people.
They also offer a range of
carefully-selected resources, including a selection of
slang - as well as our
Scribe area where regular contributors offer other
members help with their writing.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston offer this elegant
online atlas as a free service.