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Where to Start?

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
    Includes Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Tenth Edition), the Britannica Book of the Year and thousands of links to other Web sites selected by Britannica editors
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary - Free access dictionary (edition not specified).
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Contains the complete text of the OED's twenty-volume Second Edition and three-volume Additions Series draft material from the current OED project, representing the latest progress towards a completely revised and updated Third Edition.