Reference

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Sites

* Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Can be viewed in both Māori and English. In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. This Encyclopedia offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. Building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
* Britannica Library: Kids
Britannica Library: Kids is designed for primary school students.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.
* World Book Online for Kids
Easy-to-use encyclopædia for young readers. Articles, multimedia, games, science projects and interactive tools for homework and fun. Part of World Book Web.
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* World Book Web
The online version of the popular children's and young adult encyclopædia World Book. It is made up of seven distinct products: World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, World Book Online Reference Centre, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, and Inventions and Discoveries.
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* Bateman New Zealand Encyclopedia
Covers a wide range of subjects of historical and contemporary significance to New Zealand. 6th ed. Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman, 2005
From The Gale Virtual Reference Library.
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* Encyclopedia.com
Articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition, with over 17,000 diverse articles.
* Fact Monster
Fact Monster combines an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and more! Lots of facts, figures and lists.
* How Stuff Works
Have you ever wondered how the engine in your car works, or what gears do, or what makes the inside of your refrigerator cold? A great place to learn how things work in the world around you. Good for science projects.
* Information Please
Combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and several up-to-the minute almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records, Information Please places the resources of an entire reference information center at your fingertips. Divided into World, Sports, Entertainment, US, People, Business, Living, Society, & Science and technology.
* Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
Look up a definition, pronunciation, etymology, spelling, or usage point in the on-line version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition.
* Word central
Look up words (fast!)