General Research

Ready Reference

Bartleby's Great Books Online
Includes reputable encyclopedias, books of quotations, and style manuals, as well as other tools. Includes a reference section.


Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
Dictionary that uses images to define words. Words are sorted by themes; by clicking images you can get their definitions.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
OneLook's reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.

Oxford English Dictionary (VIVA only)
The Oxford English Dictionary is the definitive historical dictionary of the English language. This mammoth dictionary includes English language words from 1150 CE to the present day. Entries include over 2 million dated quotations from English language history, literature and records, and facts concerning word forms, changes and etymology. The online Oxford English Dictionary is a work in progress. Hundreds of new entries are added every year, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

The CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

The Encyclopedia of Earth
A comprehensive, authoritative and thorough resource about the Earth and our relationship to it.

The Encyclopedia Smithsonian
The Smithsonian receives 'a great many public inquiries covering a wide range of topics. Therefore, the following responses have been compiled to answer frequently asked questions or to provide guidance in finding the requested information. New Information is added continually.

Old Farmer's Almanac
Probably the most famous Almanac, it covers astronomical events, weather conditions and forecasts, recipes and gardening tips.