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AP Stylebook Online

Writing guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and style from the Associated Press.

AtoZ the World

Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.

Bartleby Quotations
Search or browse Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations, and Respectfully Quoted.

Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.

Dictionary of American Regional English

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) focuses on words, phrases and pronuciations that vary from one part of the U.S. to another. The DARE explores the local character and diversity of English across America.

Encyclopedia Americana
Search for in-depth articles within a broad range of subjects. For general use by a wide range of researchers from high school to university levels. Available in a text-only format that is 100 percent ADA-compliant.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full-text reference ebooks on a variety of subjects. Cross-searchable with other Thompson Gale databases.

Grolier Online Passport
Explore the Encyclopedia Americana, the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science, and America the Beautiful.

Merriam-Webster Online
English dictionary, thesaurus, and Spanish/English dictionary. Includes audio link to pronunciation.

Oxford English Dictionary
Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Search language and subject dictionaries and reference books from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and thesauruses.

Quick Facts
Compiled by The Seattle Public Library staff. A collection of answers to frequently asked questions, with an emphasis on local and government information, useful facts such as federal holidays and wedding anniversary gifts, and information about the Library itself.

Signing Savvy

An online video dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL). Searchable by word or phrase. Create word lists, flash cards, and quizzes.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States.


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