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esd1. REFERENCE: c) FREE ENCYCLOPEDIAS, MAPS, TRANSLATORS ONLINE
e.g. dictionary + translation tool, encyclopedia + dictionary etc.


Wikipedia

  • Free, interactive encyclopedia
  • Look things up
  • Contribute
  • Excellent resource - but remember to use with care and check entries for accuracy.
Google Maps
  • Search for anywhere
  • Get directions from one place to another
  • Check distances
  • View as map, satellite or hybrid
Google Earth
  • see towns, cities, mountains in 3D from google earth - amazing!
  • free download - but you need quite a lot of computer space and memory - check on site before download

Free-translator.com

  • Use with care as it is machine translation
  • Translate up to 150 word chunks
  • Web page translation
  • News in various languages including Serbian and Albanian
  • 28 translators for 38 languages
  • travel vocabulary with sound
  • lots of advertisements

Ultra Lingua's Web Dictionary

  • American English
  • fast search
  • synonyms
  • conjugations - if you choose this from the top menu you can put in, for example, 'think' and all the tenses are listed - e.g. present tense - I think, you think etc.
  • numbers option - converts numbers to text
  • references option - grammar references and explanations
  • extremely useful for ESOL students

Internet Public Library - Reference Section

  • books
  • newspapers
  • reference works

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