FREE Reference Links

July 19, 2019

Thanks to Robert Joyce for uploading this helpful list of FREE reference materials to the Learning Librarians group on FB. I will be using it this year (note to self: saved as Word Doc in Library/TPT & Other Resources) with 2nd - 8th grades.



Information Please Almanac

Fact Monster – Almanac

 World Fact Book:, which will have history, government, maps, etc. for countries around the world. Not everything in the almanac,  

RefSeek's directory of the Web's top almanacs




World Atlas & Map Library

Atlases and Maps

Atlapedia® Online

Free Atlases Found Online

World atlas

            United States Online Atlas

Owl and Mouse Online Atlas

Free Atlases Found Online
World Atlas & Map Library





Dictionaries and Thesauri

Free Dictionary   picture dictionary   This is a visual online dictionary providing copyright-free images matching dictionary definitions.

Merriam-Webster, dicionary  scroll to bottom of home page for other dictionary types and options -à  “ OTHER MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARIES”


Funk and Wagnalls dictionary

 Merriam-Webster's Word Central / check bottom of page for more options

YourDictionary dictionary free online student Picture Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary


General dictionaries and glossaries indexed by the OneLook® search engine  LONG LIST

Visual Merriam-Webster

English language Dictionaries and Thesaurus 


  • Bartleby

  • Merriam-Webster

  • Visual Thesaurus  

  • Fact Monster (for kids)



  • The Free Dictionary

  • NetLingo

  • International Language Dictionaries

  • Word Reference

  • Language Dictionary and Translators

  • Online Spanish/English Dictionary

  • Online French/Spanish Dictionary 

  • Online Japanese/English Dictionary

  • Click on Spanish tab 

Medical Dictionaries

  • MedlinePlus Dictionary

  • Mondofacto


  • Free Medical Dictionary 

  • MedBioWorld

  • Free Dictionary's Medical Dictionary

Scientific Dictionaries

  • Scientific Dictionaries

  • Specialist Online Dictionary

  • Scientific terms and Jargon

  • Scientific Dictionary Index

  • Scientific resources and statistical formulae


Mnemonic dictionary


American Heritage Dictionary

Lexico   click on dictionary  tab

List on Shambles web site various titles



Free Dictionary's Idioms dictionary





Lexico    click on Thesaurus tab

Free Dictionary's Thesaurus

Power thesaurus

Merriam-Webster's Word Central found in search box





Columbia Encyclopedia



Free Dictionary's Encyclopedia

Wikipedia ( mirror)

Encyclopædia Britannica

List on Shambles web site various titles



Biographical Dictionary and Bio sites

Who's Alive and Who's Dead

Married Biography site

Inventor Biographies and Famous Inventions Facts

Biographies of Famous People Both Past and Present

Biographical Dictionary!



Geographical Dictionary and Geography/Places sites

cia. world-factbook

            Kids' Zone

U.S. Gazetteer

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic NamesR Online



Quotation Resources

Quotations Page


Bartlett's Quotations

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