Database List

The following 8 databases are best for: Dictionaries

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ARTFL    
An implementation of the FRANTEXT database, it consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.
  • Coverage Range: 1600 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: University of Chicago

 
Credo Reference    
Includes more than 800 encyclopedic titles from respected publishers in all disciplines taught at Dickinson, including various language dictionaries, the Marquis Who’s Who series and numerous other biographical sources, economics and business encyclopedias, food and agriculture sources, publishing sources, atlases, and many encyclopedias covering the arts, history, literature, science, technology, religion, philosophy, politics, psychology, geography and country studies, and more.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Credo Reference
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB)    
Career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres of literature. Includes photos of many authors.
  • Coverage Range: All eras of literary history.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Encyclopedia Britannica Online    
One of the broadest single sources for beginning research on any topic. Includes full text multimedia encyclopedia articles, country statistics and comparisons, timelines, bibliographies, and links to journal articles and web sites. Interactive features allow you to create your own workspace to save and share your research. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you. ***Also includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus***
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

 
Marquis Biographies Online    
Who’s Who features comprehensive profiles on more than1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Subjects are identified for potential inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who by their in-house staff, by nomination from prominent people in the relevant field, and from nominations by professional associations & organizations. Unlike vanity look-alikes, Marquis Who’s Who has long been considered a respectable and credible source for basic factual biographical information.
  • Coverage Range: 1985-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Marquis Who's Who LLC

 
MedlinePlus    
Portal for finding reliable, up-to-date health information on the internet. Produced by the National Institutes of Health. A Spanish language version is available. Includes a drug information, medical encyclopedia and dictionary, medical news, and interactive health tutorials, and videos.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

 
OED (Oxford English Dictionary)    
The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. Under each term, definitions are listed in chronological order according to quotation evidence (earliest known usage). An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million English words, past and present.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Oxford German-English Dictionary Online    
Authoritative bilingual dictionary to translate between English and German. Includes contextual clues and examples for choosing the correct word or phrase, and audio to hear how words sound.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press