ESL students, translators and lovers of words and language will like Wordnik. Search a word and find definitions from several sources including American Heritage Dictionary, examples, related words, pronunications, frequency, and etymology. Wordnik was created by a team of word enthusiasts which includes a former editor-in-chief for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press, a computational linguist and a corpus librarian.
Today’s word of the day on Wordnik? Beeswing.
We’ve just discovered a great new web search tool – 2lingual. You can search Google in 2 languages at once. For example, I searched H1N1 in English and Spanish and look what I got:
The UNEP’s Atlas of Our Changing Environment represents the impact of human beings on the environment through interactive maps and photographs.
OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030, available on Source OECD, looks at international environmental issues and policies with a focus on both OECD member and developing countries. To find a link to Source OECD, go to our Research Databases page. Then use the site’s search engine to find this publication.
The United Nations recently launched a new statistics search site called UNData. This brilliant new site allows you to search for data on education, agriculture and food production, trade, economic development, refugees, health, technology, employment, population, energy, tourism, and industry. The site’s search engine will search your keywords across the statistical databases of multiple UN agencies including the UNDP’s Human Development Report, the Commodity Trade Statistics Database, World Population Prospects and WHO data.
Come visit the library’s annual book sale for great deals on books. We’re putting new books out every day.
Hardcover books – $.50
Paperback books – $.25
Multivolume sets – $1.00
Welcome to all of our new summer language students!
The library is here to help you with your language studies this summer. We’ve got a great collection of dictionaries, grammar guides, magazines, newspapers and even foreign language novels. Stop by the Reference Desk if you’d like a quick tour of our collections.
If you are here studying English, stop and look at the display case when you walk into the library. We’re featuring some books on learning English grammar, building your vocabulary, and improving your writing. We have a good collection of English dictionaries in the Reference Collection – look for the PE section and you’ll find dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar guides. We also have the online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica – you’ll find the link to it on our Research Databases page.
Are you learning Spanish or French? Our dictionary collection for both languages is located in the PC section. You’ll even find some dictionaries that you can check out and use at home in our Circulating Collection. Our online collection includes Termium – a huge glossary of French terminology and Encyclopaedia Britannica Spanish Reference Center which features Gran Enciclopedia Planeta and Enciclopedia Universal en Espanol.
Our Arabic collection is new and growing quickly. In the last year, we’ve added lots of new dictionaries to our Reference Collection – you’ll find them in the PJ section. We have several new magazines and 21newspapers that you can access through the PressDisplay collection of digital newspapers.
For those of you who are studying Chinese or Japanese this summer, check out our collection of dictionaries in the PL section of the Reference Collection. You’ll also find some good language learning sources in our Circulating Collection upstairs.
Check out our latest web resource discoveries…
If you are interested in a current profile of Iran, go to the recently published Country Profile from the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Want to keep up with the latest news from the European Union? EurActiv.com is a great site for news and policy.
For current assessments of global financial markets, check out the IMF Global Financial Stability Report.