Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Britannica on line is free for
everybody now! The access to all 32 volumes and 44 million words was open on
October 20-th, 1999, and the web site was immediately jammed by millions of hits
on the first day. Type a word or phrase in the box and hit Start search.
Library's Free Encyclopedia , also known as Encyclopedia.com
- a part of the Electric Library
which is a research service on the Internet. The articles are short
but are claimed to be linked to millions articles and pictures from the
Electric Library as well as to other
web sites. Electric Library is definitely a better searcher than its Free
Encyclopedia version. However, the Electric Library is not free, though
you may have a 30 day free trial. As to the Free Encyclopedia - use it
any time from this page:
Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus. In addition to normal search,
you will have an option to perform a "floating" search, when the typed
word is a part of another word, or "approximate" search which is good if
you are not sure about the spelling. Make sure to visit the Explanation
of Fields link in order to fully understand the result of your search
which returns in 15 possible fields, including definition, cross references,
synonyms and pronunciation.
- Peter Mark Roget, 18.01.1779-12.09.1869, English physician and philologist.
His Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (1852) is a comprehensive classification
of synonyms or verbal equivalents. Here is the Internet version of this
dictionary. Peter Roget is also remembered for the invention of a "log-log"
slide rule (1814) for calculating the roots and powers of numbers.
Funk & Wagnalls - the famouse family of
dictionaries noted for their emphasis on ease of use and current usage. The first Funk & Wagnalls
dictionary was A Standard Dictionary of the English Language edited by Isaac Funk (1893).
of Past and Present - Danuta Bois, the hostess of the site,
describes it as " ...biographies of women who contributed to our culture
in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads
of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and
others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today".
The number of links to
the relates sites is remarkable.
FeMiNa - searchable directory
of links to women related sites.
Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet - an excellent site to
ask any question on astronomy and astrophysics. A search results in
a number of links directed to various web sites. And what is important - it is a reasonable
number of links, not thousands or hundreds, even if you ask something like "Mars"
or "Sun". Much better than traditional search engines. Try it now:
Whatis.com is a search site for computer and the Internet related terms. Very handy!
From the site, you can subscribe for daily delivery via e-mail of a new IT term.
What is IT, by the way? Check it out, use this search box:
Netmeg Internet -
The Jargon Dictionary - a collection of slang terms used
by various subcultures of computer hackers. Though some technical material
is included for background and flavor, it is not a technical dictionary;
what is described there is the language hackers use among themselves for
fun, social communication, and technical debate. A selection of longer
items of hacker folklore and humor is included in Appendix A, Hacker
Folklore. The `outside' reader's attention is particularly directed
to Appendix B, A
Portrait of J. Random Hacker. Appendix C, the Bibliography,
lists some non-technical works which have either influenced or described
the hacker culture.
Encyclopaedia of the Celts - a very impressive work by
Knud Mariboe bsed on quotations
from literature, myth, legend, fiction and history. It is under development
and only the A-G and Z letters and the Biography and Bibliography
sectiona are available. The remaining sections may be converted to HTML
at a later date. If you can't wait, see Knud Mariboe's Homepage
for information about obtaining the entire text.
Online - a collection of data on 185 nations of the world. You
are cordially invited to to present your nation to the world, just send
them an e-mail.
Internet Movie Database
- everybody knows what that is! Whatever question you might have about a movie, you can find virtually everything in the dadbase.
There is a number of search boxes on the site which you can use to find a movie, an actor, a crew member, or even a movie character.
One of those search forms, for looking for movie by title, is right here. Type the title (don't be afraid to misspell, the searcher is
clever enough to figure it out correctly!), select between TV and movies and start the search:
Babel Fish at AltaVista on-line translator
from English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish; from those languages, plus Russian, to English; between German and French.
It is a softare supported service, so the result returns immediately. The program can understand and translate the whole sentences and even whole web pages.
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