Monday, March 06, 2006

Info Ten

Ten Things About Online Info Sources

1. Need some answers? Go to (I remember them when they were GuruNet....)

2. For you SF writers looking for world-building ideas, check out the planetary info at

3. Another dangerous place I visit far too frequently,

4. has most of the reference sources that a RL library has; you almost expect a virtual old lady to pop up on the screen and shush you when you get too loud.

5. Find names and links to U.S. and global newspapers, mags, radio stations and other news resources over at

6. I can't explain how the Objectgraph Dictionary works, 'cause the theory is written in geek, but the results when you type in a word and then click on the dictionary or thesaurus database option are very cool.

7. No porn, but still probably not safe to look at during your next RWA chapter meeting:

8. Get your free, one-click, no-spyware toolbar dictionary download over at .

9. The online French, Spanish and Italian dictionaries at are superb, and with one click you can read the site itself in French, Spanish, Italian or English.

10. A kid-safe online dictionary for the youngsters to use can be found at Yahooligans.


  1. Anonymous4:00 AM

    On the subject of dictionaries, I noticed a little while back that the OED now has an online edition.

    No point messing around with inferior dictionaries, if you ask me. :)

  2. Great links, Sheila. I couldn't make the medic one work, though.

  3. The link on No. 3 is wrong. It has part of your URL in it.

  4. Thanks for the WordReference Dictionary link... incidentally, I just happened upon it over the weekend!

    Thanks again PBW

  5. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Thanks for the link, Jules, and the heads-up, Jaye & PJ (fixed the link so it works now.)

    I love WordReference, JLB -- especially the related phrases it offers with every search.

  6. I love the OED, but I also love Merriam Webster online because it gives such lovely origins.

    Also of great use for us word-fiends is; its search is much more flexible than many other dictionaries. Sometimes, when I'm feeling randy (mrowr) I use the "search entry" feature with a word I like. Oh yeah, you naughty little dictionary, you like that, don't you?

    Needless to say, I could spend all day there. And have.


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