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The Learning Gap: critical issues in educational psychology: Reference Resources

Dictionaries, Thesauri

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1,000 years of English.


Cambridge English

Online access to Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary and some other dictionaries published by Cambridge University Press.


Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

Large general dictionary available online.The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. The online dictionary includes the main A-Z listing of the Collegiate Dictionary, as well as the Abbreviations, Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical Names, and Geographical Names sections of that book.

The thesaurus that appears on this site is Roget’s II:The New Thesaurus. is produced by To use the thesaurus, simply type a word in the gold search box and click the 'Search' button. A list of synonyms and antonyms will be returned.


Biography.Com - sponsored by the Biography Channel, provides a database of over 20,000 brief biographies.

Biography-Center - 11134 biographies in different languages.

Britannica Lives - Biographies from Britannica Online, arranged by date of birth.

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Atlapedia Online maps provide information such as climate, vital statistics, religions, languages, information on education, economy, trade, transportation, communication, and military.

Google Maps - Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

MapQuest - find directions and explore towns and cities worldwide. Users can display addresses on a map, view nearby businesses, get driving directions and maps, and plan a trip with city information.

Quick Maps of the World - small GIF maps of the countries of the world.

World Atlas - a complete atlas of the world featuring several thousand place names and colorful, accurate maps.


Britannica Online is the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica and includes internet links.

Encyberpedia is an electronic encyclopedia with its own content as well as over 10,000 links to the best reference sites on the Internet.

Merck Manuals - Encyclopedic medical manuals

The Probert Encyclopaedia is a serious reference source with over 60,000 fully hypertext linked entries covering the entire spectrum of human knowledge, content is aimed at journalists and researchers.

Wikipedia This is an open-content encyclopedia produced by volunteers and is not peer reviewed. Contains more than 7,000,000 articles in several languages.