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  • Abbreviationes
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    Abbreviationes currently comprises over 70,000 entries containing a total of 80,098 references to manuscripts. It is based on a large number of manuscripts from all fields, held at a wide variety of libraries throughout Europe and the U.S. Entries cover the period from the 8th century up to and including the 15th century. It is a tool for deciphering and transcribing medieval Latin manuscripts. Individuals may use the Personal Edition.
  • American Rhetoric
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    American Rhetoric contains over 5,000 public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, etc. in such categories as speeches by Pres. Obama, movie speeches, and the top 100 American political speeches of the 20th century. Most are available in audio and/or video plus their transcripts. Those addresses given prior to 1900 have transcripts only.The site includes a list of major journals in communication, with links to their websites.As this is a commerical site, the ads can be annoying.
  • Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)
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    The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, initiated in 1921 by James Henry Breasted, is compiling a comprehensive dictionary of the various dialects of Akkadian, the earliest known Semitic language that was recorded on cuneiform texts that date from c. 2400 B.C. to A.D. 100 which were recovered from archaeological excavations of ancient Near Eastern sites. The Assyrian Dictionary is in every sense a joint undertaking of resident and non-resident scholars from around the world who have contributed their time and labor over a period of seventy years to the collection of the source materials and to the publication of the Dictionary.
  • BrillOnline Dictionaries
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    The Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (IEDO) reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information. New content will be added on an annual basis.
  • Chicago Demotic Dictionary
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    The Demotic Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CDD) is a lexicographic tool for reading texts written in a late stage of the ancient Egyptian language and in a highly cursive script known as Demotic.
  • Communication Source
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    Communication Source was developed from a merger of two EBSCO databases, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts (formerly published by Sage), and includes many unique sources not previously available in other databases. Communication Source offers abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from publications worldwide pertaining to Communication, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Discourse, Speech-Language Pathology, Media Studies and other fields relevant to the discipline.
  • Dictionary of Old English
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    The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (600 - 1150 A.D.) of the English language, using today's most advanced technology.
  • Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics
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    The first edition of ELL (1993, Ron Asher, Editor) was hailed as "the field's standard reference work for a generation". Now the all-new second edition matches ELL's comprehensiveness and high quality, expanded for a new generation, while being the first encyclopedia to really exploit the multimedia potential of linguistics. The most authoritative, up-to-date, comprehensive and international reference source in its field. An entirely new work, with new editors, new authors, new topics and newly commissioned articles with a handful of classic articles The first Encyclopedia to exploit the multimedia potential of linguistics through the online edition Ground-breaking and International in scope and approach Alphabetically arranged with extensive cross-referencing Available in print and online, priced separately. The online version will include updates as subjects develop ELL2 includes: c. 7,500,000 words, c. 11,000 pages, c. 3,000 articles, c. 1,500 figures: 130 halftones and 150 colour.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
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    This database abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Documents indexed include journal articles, book reviews, books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.
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    A growing full text collection of core social science, humanities, and science journals. Some backfiles date back to the early 1800s. Fields covered include: anthropology, ecology, economics, education, finance, mathematics, philosophy, political science, sociology, literature, biology.

    For a complete list of periodicals available in full text, see

  • Linguistics Abstracts Online
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    Database that abstracts over 55,000 articles in linguistics from over 600 journals since 1985.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
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    LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) provides non-evaluative abstracts of articles from approximately 2,000 serials published worldwide, coverage of monographs, recent books, technical reports, occasional papers, enhanced dissertation listings from Dissertation Abstracts International, and bibliographic citations for book reviews that appear in journals abstracted for LLBA.
  • MLA International Bibliography
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    Index to scholarly publication in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.
  • Online Language Dictionaries
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    The WordReference Dictionaries are free online translation dictionaries.
  • Oxford Dictionaries - Arabic
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    Find thousands of translations from Arabic into and out of English.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
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    The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG®) is a research center at the University of California, Irvine. Founded in 1972 the TLG has already collected and digitized most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. Its goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era.
  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary
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    Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged is America’s premier lexicographical work. First published in 1961, this online edition incorporates subsequent updates to take account of current usage. Comprising over 450,000 vocabulary definitions, each with etymological and phonological descriptions, this unparalleled dictionary is presented here in fully searchable form.