Reference works

August 16, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Online services, Software, Writing | Leave a comment

Writers sometimes get stuck looking for the right word or needing to confirm a meaning. A number of handy tools have been developed to help that along. Tools much faster and more current than paper books.

This is evidently the largest, most powerful free Thesaurus application out there.
http://www.mobysaurus.com/

Another popular writers application is WordWeb. http://wordweb.info/free/ Its a Thesaurus and Dictionary and Word finder that uses the dictionary from Princeton University.

It includes integration with other programs. I tested it with Open Office and the Ctrl-R-click didn’t pass the word to WordWeb. But selecting the word and clicking Ctrl-Alt-W or simply clicking the toolbar W button would bring the selected word and results up in WordWeb. Select the desired synonym and click Replace and its replaced in your document. Presto!

(If you use it a lot, you’ll need the $35 Pro version which allows you to solve Anagrams, edit the database and so forth)

One of the oldest online references is of course Dictionary.com. They do use Pop-up ads though. (tut tut) It also has a Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
http://dictionary.reference.com/

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