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Publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction and provides students with unlimited free access. Use the search box below to get information you need from the Columbia Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Roget's Thesaurus, Book of English Usage, Strunk's Elements of Style, and many other references:Get answers for your homework free from reference publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Columbia University Press, Merriam Webster, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, MarketWatch, Investopedia and Who2 (just to name a few), via Answers Directory. 

Online Student Reference Tools


  • Free encyclopedia that provides users with articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps.

  • Yahoo Health Encyclopedia- Free online medical encyclopedia that will help you with your health professions related studies by looking up diseases and conditions.

  • Wikipedia- Free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Caution: Because anyone can insert or edit entries this source may contain inaccurate information.

  • World Book Online Reference Center- Contains every article from the 22-volume encyclopedia print set plus thousands more. With state-of-the art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites, and more. Requires annual subscription.


  • American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language- Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.

  • Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary- Dictionaries for people learning English all around the world. If English isn't your native language these free online dictionaries will be very helpful.

  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary- Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources

  • is a language products and services company that maintains the most comprehensive and authoritative language portal on the web with more than 2500 dictionaries and grammars in over 300 languages, games that build language skills, and a forum for discussing language issues.

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