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Dictionaries - Language

Oxford English Dictionary This 20-volume work (2nd ed) can be searched online together with revisions being made for the 3rd ed.(Subscription)

Cambridge Dictionaries

A selection of dictionaries published by Cambridges University Press can be searched; also provides links to sites for language teachers and researchers.

Collins Word Exchange

An online dictionary and discussion forum for words (many of them slang) used in everyday speech but not yet in dictionaries; includes a dictionary ofabbreviations used in mobile phone text messages and other word tools.

OneLook Dictionaries

Can be used to find definitions or translations of words.

Visual Dictionary Online

An all-in-one reference which provides images, words and definitions. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing theimage it represents. This dictionary from Merriam-Webster helps you learn English in a visual and accessible way.


Provides access to more than 1 800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages; its predecessor (A Web of Online Dictionaries), was launched in 1995 by Dr. RobertBeard at Bucknell University as a research tool for the world's linguistic community but it is now a commercial venture.

Webster's Online Dictionary

Contains at least 3,000,000 words and expressions from 90 modern and 10 ancient languages

Translates words in French, Spanish and Italian. Beware of pop-ups!

Dictionaries - Subject


Dictionary of computing with over 13000 definitions and acronyms; and anything else to do with computing. Begun in 1985, it is edited by Denis Howe.

Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS)

Alphabetical browsing supported in this dictionary compiled by Joan M. Reitz.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles from the earliest times to the year 2002. (Subscription)


Describes itself as "an online dictionary and search engine for Internet technology definitions".


Blackwell encyclopedia of Sociology

Catholic Encyclopedia

Volunteers throughout the world are building an online version of the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia; they contribute by locating a copy of the work, transcribing anarticle, and sending it via e-mail for publication on this website.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Articles on different subjects, Britannica's World Atlas, Timelines and Year-in-Review as well as Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Encyclopedia offering over 57,000 articles from the the Columbia Encyclopedia's 6th edition; frequently updated by HighBeam Research. Beware of pop-ups!
Encyclopedia of Case Study research

An encyclopedia encompassing breadth and depth—breadth of disciplines, philosophical paradigms, and geographic situatedness of case studies, and depth ofexperience, knowledge, and insight into case study research—

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

A search engine and interface which allows you to retrieve information covering the entire chemical industry and allied fields. (Subscription)

Wiley Blackwell encyclopedia of literature

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer science and engineering


The free encyclopedia you can edit.

Free e-Book Collections

African Digital Library

Provides a range of information resources. Registration is necessary and the username and password e-mailed to those who register must be used in order to accessthe digital library resources. The content of the African Digital Library is available at the Netlibrary.

African Writers Series

Heinemann's African Writers Series publishes texts of modern African literature. This electronic edition provides 181 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose, including works by Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Dambudzo Marechera,Christopher Okigbo, Okot p'Bitek and Tayeb Salih.

Digital Books

Maintained by Matthew McClintock, this site provides many e-books from Project Gutenberg

Gender Mainstreaming in HIV-AIDS

This report contains the presentations delivered at the Satelite session on Gender Mainstreaming, 7th AIDS impactconference, Cape Town, April 2005

Knovel chemistry, mathematics and physics books

Full-text of the following titles is available in pdf format: Essential practices for managing chemical reactivity hazards; Handbook of mathematical functionswith formulas, graphs and mathematical tables; International critical tables of numerical data, physics, chemistry and technology; Knovel critical tables; Smithsonianphysical tables, 9th edition.

National Academies Press

Provides access to full-text e-books in a range of subjects including chemistry, physics, education, engineering and the sciences.


The site provides access to the full-text of nearly 5,000 reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction as well as nearly 3,500 publiclyaccessible titles. Subscribed content is listed in the library OPAC. Results of searches in the SACat database via SABINET Online often give links to e-books availablethrough NetLibrary.

Project Gutenberg Includes the texts of books that are out ofcopyright, most of them published before 1923, chosen and formatted by


British Library Project making rare books in its collection availableonline.

Maps and Route Planners

Shell Geostar journey planner

Local route planner with maps


United States Patent and Trademark Office

provides access to issued US Patents since 1790 and Patent Applications published since 15 March 2001. Patents issued from 1790-1975 are searchable only by patentnumber and current US classifications but from 1976 onwards the full-text of patents is fully searchable.

European Patent Office

provides access to Europe's network of patent databases with much of the data dating back to 1970. Search resultsdisplay bibliographic data, an English-language abstract and if available, drawings and the full-text of the documents. Images of documents are available back to 1920for the most important countries.

Reference Works

Africa Yearbook

The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa all related to developments inone calendar year. The Yearbook contains articles on all sub-Saharan states, each of the four sub-regions (West, Central, Eastern, Southern Africa) focusing on majorcross-border developments and sub-regional organizations as well as one article on continental developments and one on European-African relations.

Bartleby Reference Works

Unlimited access to a range of reference works including encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations and Roget's thesaurus

Contains over 25,000 biographies, at least some of which are very brief. Beware of pop-ups!

Digital History: a guide to gathering, preserving and presenting the past on the web

This book provides a plainspoken and thorough introduction to the web for historians, teachers.

students, archivists, museum curators, professors and amateur enthusiastswho wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the project

Encyclopedia of Case Study research

An encyclopedia encompassing breadth and depth—breadth of disciplines, philosophical paradigms, and geographic situatedness of case studies, and depth ofexperience, knowledge, and insight into case study research—

Europe in Figures: eurostat yearbook2008

Presents a comprehensive selection of statistical data on the European Union, its Member States and candidatecountries.

Grove Music Online

Comprises the full-text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), TheNew Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002).(Subscription)

ISQua Accreditations Toolkit

PDF copy of "Some issues in the design and redesign of external health care assessment and improvement systems" by Charles D Shaw, 2004

Managing Digital Collections

compiled by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in collaboration with experts from stakeholder institutions examines opportunities for the production of data,digital content, digital collections, institutional and subject repositories, digital libraries and archives

South African Institute of Race Relations

The Institute is an independent think-tank producing research, policy critiques, and risk analysis on South Africa. Our fields of expertise include the economy,business, labour, education, demographics, living conditions, crime, security, healthcare, land reform, service delivery, politics, and government affairs. The Universal Currency Converter

Performs currency conversions

Medical Works

Gray's Anatomy 20th edition

Anatomy text book, with explanatory diagrams.

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine 16th edition

Edited by DL Kasper, et al, this edition is in 16 parts and includes appendices. (Subscription)

Merck Manual of Medical Information, 2nd home ed.

Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; alsoprovides information about prognosis.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th ed

Provides useful clinical information to practicing physicians, medical students, interns, residents, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals in aconcise, complete, and accurate manner. Covers all the subjects expected in a textbook of internal medicine as well as detailed information on pediatrics, psychiatry,obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, pharmacology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and a number of special subjects.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics, 3rd ed

Comprehensive text book on geriatric care and disorders.

Pocket book of Hospital Care for Children: guidelines for the management ofcommon illnesses with limited resources

This is a pocket-sized manual for use by doctors, senior nurses and other senior health workers who are responsible forthe care of young children at the first referral level in developing countries.

MDConsult Full-text Textbooks

Subscribed content includes these titles :

Abeloff: Clinical Oncology

Adkinson: Middleton Allergy: Principles and Practice

Auerbach: Wilderness Medicine

Behrman: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Braunwald: Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Brenner: Brenner & Rector's The Kidney

Browner: Skeletal Trauma: Basic Science, Management, and Reconstruction

Canale: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics

Cheng-Zaas: The Osler Medical Handbook

Cohen and Powderly: Infectious Diseases

Cummings et al: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

DeLee: DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine;

Duthie: Practice of Geriatrics

Feldman: Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease

Ferri: Ferri Best Test: A Practical Guide to Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging

Ferri: Ferri's Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment

Ferri: Practical Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient

Frontera: Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Ford: Clinical Toxicology

Gabbe: Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Gershon: Klugman's Infectious Diseases of Children

Goetz: Textbook of Clinical Neurology

Goldberger: Clinical Electrocardiography

Goldman: Cecil Textbook of Medicine

Grainger: Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology

Green: Skeletal Trauma in Children

Habif: Clinical Dermatology: Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy

Harris: Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology;

Hoffman: Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Jacobson: Psychiatric Secrets

Johns Hopkins: The Harriet Lane Handbook

Kumar: Robbins and Cotran: Pathologic Basis of Disease

Larsen: Williams Textbook of Endocrinology

Long: Principles and Practices of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Mandell: Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Marx: Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice

Miller: Anesthesia

Moore & Jefferson: Handbook of Medical Psychiatry

Murray & Nadel: Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Noble: Textbook of Primary Care Medicine

Park: Pediatric Cardiology for Practitioners

Rakel: Conn's Current Therapy

Rakel: Textbook of Family Practice

Rakel: Integrative Medicine

Roberts: Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine

Stenchever: Comprehensive Gynecology

Townsend: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery

Yanoff: Ophthalmology

Walsh: Campbell's Urology

February 2015