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Resources and Services for International Students and Scholars: English Language Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries in the Library

Credo Reference: Credo Reference provides access to hundreds of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations) from over 70 academic publishers.

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and

Oxford Reference

  Oxford Digital Reference provides access to nearly 100 online encyclopedias covering history and culture, literature and language,   arts, law, and the social sciences.

Online Dictionaries and Translation Tools

Online English Learning Resources

  • Dave's ESL Cafe: Resources include grammar lessons, idioms, quizzes, and slang to help English language learners.
  • Duolingo: Free online resource that includes a language-learning app.
  • Transparent Language Online: Provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels, to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages, there is something for every learner. After creating an account, users can access Transparent Language in their web browser or they can download the Transparent Language mobile app for iOS or Android. Apps are being updated with a new hands-free learning feature that allows for audio lessons to be used offline and hands-free while traveling, exercising, etc.
  • Activities for ESL Students:   Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL).

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