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Treasures of the Internet

The reference list included for each section is not meant to be comprehensive. Read below, the basis and rationale of our selections.

  1. English Dictionaries and Thesauri
  2. Biomedical Dictionaries and References
  3. Internet and Computer-related Dictionaries and References
  4. Free Encyclopedia Online
  5. Grammar Resources Online
    a. The Elements of Style
      This book is a classic and still very useful. Everyone should have it as a reference. The table of contents of the Bartleby Press version is included here.

    b. On-Line English Grammar
  6. Compilation of Online Dictionaries, Thesauri and Grammar Resources
      Check these resources to find more extensive compilations of dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedia, etc.

Be sure to check also separate listings for libraries, museums, newspapers, white & yellow pages, etc.

If you happen to maintain a "non-commercial" reference site, please let me know the URL. I will review if it should be included in this listing. I will not include sites that were created mainly to sell the "products" or services of the individual or company.

To all of you preparing these lists of dictionaries, etc. many thanks. Please keep on improving your compilation.

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On-line Dictionaries, Thesauri and Grammar Resources

    This resource prepared by Robert Beard is linked to more than 800 dictionaries in 160 different languages. This website indexes on-line dictionaries, thesauri, and such like containing words and phrases. "Preference in selection has been given to free online dictionaries of high quality. However, downloadable and subscription materials are listed if exceptionally rare and/or unusually well-executed. A few inceptive word lists of languages otherwise not represented have also been included, as encouragement to continued development." The site was updated recently to include more online grammar resources.

List of Dictionaries

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Basis and rationale of selections included here

The listing of the Treasures of the Internet selected only a few that you are likely to use daily, are true "online resources" and readily "downloadable" -- although even some of those listed are very slow depending on the time of the day. We included several choices to let you make you own decision on what resource to use.

To save you time, we included (whenever possible) the "search" option of the dictionary, thesaurus, etc. in this site.

In keeping with our goal to counter the overcommercialization of the internet, we highlighted several non-commercial sources maintained or originating from reputable academic institutions or other non-commercial sites. However, many ".com" links are included (e.g., Merriam-Webster Dictionary), if they are from established or reputable organizations.

In the future, when we have more resources and manpower, we will write to each of the sites listed here and request them to include in their website defined privacy policies and "disclosure" section for potential "conflict of interest.

Those that do not conform to the policies of Treasures of the Internet will be deleted in the list. [N.B. -- At present, we do not have the resources and manpower to implement the latter strict policy.]

Read our own policies, on privacy and other issues, in the Read this first! section.

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Sources:

The links cited herein were based from the compilations listed directly above and many other sources, not listed here. Visit the sites listed in Compilation of Online Dictionaries, Thesauri and Grammar Resources, if you are looking for more specific dictionaries (e.g., English-Malay) and other "word-related" searches.


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First Written: 19991008
Latest Update: 20060328







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