Virtual Reference Shelf – sources containing multiple types of reference tools
An excellent collection of general and subject-specific reference sources that can be searched individually or in combination. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
An outstanding collection of reference resources that can be used individually or searched in combination. Includes general and subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, maps and more. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Great source for free access to current reference sources! Older sources provided as well, so check the dates.
Includes an online encyclopedia (Columbia House), dictionary, thesaurus, maps and several almanacs.
Includes a large collection of links to reference sources on the Web.
Presents “cultural treasures” from around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Developed by the Library of Congress and partner institutions throughout the world, with support from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Atlases & Demographics
Dictionaries & Thesauri
Merriam-Webster Online (includes thesaurus)
This is the online edition of the famous multi-volume print version, with definitions for over 500,000 words. Contains the contents of the current print version, plus updates as they are added that will appear in the new print version when it comes out. The publisher claims over 2.5 million quotations are included to show the usage of words, which is a particular strength of this dictionary. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
ROGET’S Thesaurus (1922 edition from Bartleby.com)
This site includes the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica and much more.
Includes an online encyclopedia (Columbia House), dictionary, maps and several almanacs.
Written collaboratively by volunteers. Most articles can be edited by anyone. Useful for preliminary info and especially for pop-culture topics, but use with caution.
See how far your salary will go in various areas of the U.S.
Choose from over 1,000 job descriptions and compare salaries paid in different U.S. cities.
This site lists several other free quotation sources, though most are also quite old.
Translate text between several languages, including English, Spanish, German, Arabic, and more.
Find translations of words in over 100 languages! Includes audio files for many words so you can also hear how they are pronounced.