There is such a thing as too much information, or perhaps the real problem is getting to the good stuff. Intute is a free online service designed to address the fact that for all the advantages that the web offers, it is often difficult to sort out reliable and relevant information from the rest. Created in the U.K. as a support system for higher education and research, Intute is a search engine that accesses only material that has been vetted by a network of subject specialists. For academics, teachers, students and researchers this is likely to be an invaluable tool, providing access to trusted information in the areas of Science and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Health and Life Sciences.
For a subscription fee, this “data warehouse” offers an amazingly comprehensive range of online information resources. Business, legal, environmental and media archives; the web’s largest public records database – in all, 31,000 online sources are available through this site. This is an indispensable search tool for anyone needing quick access to authoritative information.
One Look Dictionary Search
A straightforward definition finder. One Look will search through 993 online dictionaries, if you ask it to, a useful feature that allows you to compare definitions. Ask it nicely and it will also find you a translation, although the result is not always an instant answer.
One Look Reverse Dictionary
One Look’s latest feature, the reverse dictionary, will surely find an audience. What could be more useful than search engine that finds the exact word that describes that concept in your head?
Quintessential Careers Writing Resources
Although it’s rather busy looking, this site delivers excellent writing and editing resources, neatly categorized into subject sections. Be aware that not all these resources are web-based, some links will lead you to your local library
Refdesk – Style, Grammar, and Usage
Anyone who has ever had to write a grant proposal, a marriage proposal, a proposal of any kind, will wish that they had seen this page first. In alphabetical order, Refdesk lists and describes an amazing variety of sites ranging from A Rulebook for Arguments to Wired Style - Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age. Bless Refdesk for their orderly, yet lateral thinking!
The Free Dictionary
Well organized and very comprehensive, the Free Dictionary manages to be all things to all people. The site offers many kinds (legal, medical and financial) of dictionaries and encyclopedias beyond the standard English, as well as offering all kinds of attractive and easy to use search tools. What sets it apart from other online dictionary sites is the obvious love of knowledge and word play that the creators have worked into home page features such “this day in history” and “word of the day.”