Dictionaries give brief definitions of unfamiliar words, terms and acronyms.
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Core Collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.
Oxford English Dictionary
The most comprehensive dictionary of the English language ever produced. Includes definitions, quotations, and full etymologies. All are searchable.
Encyclopedias are useful for acquiring basic background information on a topic and are valuable places to start your research.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Call Number: Frost Reference AE 5 E363 2002 v.1-v.32 (also online)
A comprehensive and credible general knowledge encyclopedia. In addition to 72,000 articles on topics in every discipline, the Encyclopedia Britannica Online also provides links to 130,000 websites that have been selected and reviewed by Britannica's editorial board of experts.
The online version of a classic Canadian reference work. Useful for finding basic information on people, themes and events.