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Online Encyclopedias (for Bethel Users)

Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
For students and adults alike, the Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually. (source: vendor website)

Online Encyclopedias (free to All Users)

Wikipedia : the free encyclopedia
Definitions, descriptions, written compendium of human knowledge with hyperlinking. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is being written collaboratively by the readers of the web site. The site is a WikiWiki, meaning that anyone can edit any article right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears in every article in Wikipedia. All of the articles are covered by the GNU Free Documentation License, to ensure that they can remain freely available forever.(source: WorldCat)

Dictionaries (free to All Users)

Acronym Finder
"With more than 485,000 entries, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms." Database has a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military, especially U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD), Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Coast Guard acronyms and abbreviations. Also offers an interface to submit new acronyms for addition to the database.(Source: WorldCat)
Bartleby: Reference
This site provides online versions to some well known reference works. The site includes the following (among other works): Columbia Encyclopedia, the Columbia Gazetteer of North America, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, and Fowler's the King's English.
Lexicool
Lexicool.com's dictionary search engine currently has links to over 2000 translation dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the internet. (Source: website)
Merriam-Webster Online
Includes searchable text of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, word of the day, word games, Word for the Wise radio transcripts, and access to 230 other language dictionaries. (Source: WorldCat)
OneLook dictionary search
"OneLook allows for easy, quick word searches in over 600 on-line dictionaries, including general, legal and foreign dictionaries, but a warning indicates that this type of search will take longer. Options are to search for English definitions only or to choose French, Spanish, Italian or German. The dictionaries range from something as well known as Merriam-Webster's WWWebster Dictionary to specialized resources like The Cadillac Performance Dictionary. The search results also contain links to the home page of the indexed dictionaries themselves if the user wants to further explore a particular resource. This site does indeed provide a great network of dictionary resources with 'one look'"--"(Best Free Reference Web Sites 2000." RUSA Quarterly, Fall 2000; reviewed Mar. 6, 2000.)
Online Etymology Dictionary
This source does NOT provide definitions of words. It does provide histories of numerous words. The etymologies are taken from a variety of books.