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Britannica Online Public Library Edition Tutorial [PDF] Search Tips [PDF]
Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains 4 full encyclopedias, full-text magazine articles, Web sites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors, a homework help section for students, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more.

Britannica Spanish Reference Tutorial
Spanish Reference Center delivers two products in one: Escolar for ages 6-12 and Moderna for the high school and college ages. Separate home pages for each level allow schools and libraries to tailor the product to their users’ needs, making it the only online Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Tutorial [PDF] Video TutorialeReader Tutorial [PDF] eReader Video Tutorial
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.

World Book Online – Natick cardholders only Video Tutorials
With reliable, authoritative, easy-to-understand information and an array of supplementary search tools and information sources, use World Book Online to answer a particular question or get help with research for a school assignment.

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Acronym Finder

American Heritage Dictionary

The CIA World Factbook
Information and statistics about the world's countries.

Google Translate
Translate documents or websites into more than 50 languages.

Purdue OWL
Learn to write an essay, resume, cover letter, or bibliography.

Rhyming dictionary

Dictionary of the world's languages, to which anyone can contribute.

Language dictionaries and language learner discussion boards.