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Oxford University Press: The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through millions of quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.
Oxford University Press: Oxford Reference Online covers the following subjects in a single cross-searchable resource: language (dictionaries, grammar, abbreviations, proverbs); general reference (quotations, English place names, first names, world encyclopedia); art and architecture; classics; history; literature; military history; mythology and folklore; performing arts; politics and social sciences; religion and philosophy; economics and business; law; biological sciences; computing; earth and environmental sciences; food and drink; medicine; physical sciences and mathematics. Major reference works which are searchable in this collection include: The Australian Oxford Dictionary, The Oxford Companion to Australian History, Oxford Dictionary of Art, Who's Who in the Classical World, Dictionary of Ecology, Dictionary of Computing, Dictionary of British History, Who's Who in the Twentieth Century, Dictionary of World History, Oxford Companion to American Literature, Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, Concise Medical Dictionary, Oxford Companion to Music and Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.
Centre for the Government of Queensland: This is a website containing all the places in Queensland, including cities, suburbs, towns and villages, that have now or once had a population over 500. The entries include cities, towns, villages and suburbs of major cities and regional towns, including places which have had a variable population over time. Entries typically include historical description, details of population changes, historical images from private and other collections, and recommendations for further reading.
This website contains reference tools arranged under the following headings - almanacs, biographies, calculators and conversion tools, census data and demographics, dates and times, dictionaries and thesauri, encyclopedias, genealogy, geography and maps, health, people finder, quotations, and style and writing guides.
Ministry for Culture and Heritage: Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to New Zealand's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. Te Ara consists of 9 themes, appearing progressively between 2005 and 2012: New Zealanders; Earth, Sea and Sky; The Bush; The Settled Landscape; Trade and Exchange; Connections; Nation; Daily Life and Creativity.
Central Intelligence Agency: Compiled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the World Factbook provides comprehensive reference information, maps, facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.
: The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started in 1991. It comprises a large collection of links to high quality internet sites in many subject areas.
Free online dictionary. Provides definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation and etymology of words. Includes Websters New World Dictionary and Rogets Thesaurus. Also provides links to internet language and industry specific dictionaries and translation services.
Provides information on how to access ebooks in various formats at the National Library of Australia. Includes information on National Library ebooks, subscription collections and the Ebsco ebook service