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Reference Resources: Dictionaries and Thesauri

A select list of authoritative quick fact and reference information sources.

Dictionaries and Thesauri

There are many types of dictionaries. Most commonly, dictionaries provide definitions of words, along with other information like: pronunciation, history of the word, or its use in a sentence. Dictionaries may also provided translations of words (such as in a Chinese-English dictionary) or focus on words used within particular disciplines (like Stedman's Medical Dictionary).

Thesauri typically provide synonyms and antonyms to particular words, helping you find just the right one to use in a sentence.

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