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This month's articles are provided by Laura Bunt.

~ August 2006 ~ Topics

The Final Word on Online Dictionaries
What Topics Do You Want?


The Final Word on Online Dictionaries

The results are in. A big thank you to those took the survey or who had others take the survey. Here are the stats on the survey:

Survey Questions Response
Percent (YES)
Response
Percent (NO)
Response Percent
(OTHER)
1. Do you prefer to use a ‘paper’ dictionary? Yes (3) 16.7% No (14) 77.8% Other (1)
5.6%
2. Do you prefer to use an ‘online’ dictionary? Yes (13) 72.2% No (4)
22.2%
Other (1)
5.6%
3. Have you ever used an ‘online’ dictionary? Yes (16) 88.9% No (2)
11.1%
Other (0)
0%
4. Do you have a favorite ‘online’ dictionary? Yes (10) 52.6% No (8)
42.1%
Other (1)
5.3%
5. Would you like to know more about ‘online’ dictionaries? Yes (12) 63.2% No (7)
36.8%
Other (0)
0%

Now for the summary on the survey. Here is what we found out what you, are readers, have to say about ‘online Dictionaries’:

  • Most of you prefer to use an online dictionary over paper.
    • However, if a paper one is available, you would use either.
    • Availability seems to be key to which one you use;
      • If you are working on a project, with no computer in sight, you will use a paper dictionary.
      • If your working on your computer, you find it easier to just go to your favorite site and look up the word you need.
  • Only 2 of you have never used an online dictionary.
    • The question is after reading this article, would you be willing to try it out?
    • Let me know at lbunt@bmi.net.
  • Readers were evenly split on a “favorite” dictionary;
    • In fact only one person gave an example of their favorite, Encarta MSN.
  • 7 of you didn’t need to know any more about online dictionaries.
    • Whereas 12 of you wanted to know more.

For those who wanted to know more or would like to see other online dictionary tools, please read on. If you go to the Internet and type in ‘Online Dictionaries’, you can get a list 38,000,000 websites. Instead of looking at all of those, here are a few of the ones that I have found easy to use, free and meet the needs of a quick, fast look up.

Name of Site URL - Address
LookWAYup Dictionary http://lookwayup.com/free/dictionary.htm
iTools http://www.itools.com/lang/
Merriam Webster Dictionary http://www.m-w.com/dictionary
Dictionary.net http://www.dictionary.net/
Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/
Dictionary – MSN Encarta http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/dictionaryhome.aspx

I hope that you found this series insightful and helpful. You may already be using these online dictionaries or may have found a new one after reading this article. Either way online dictionaries can be a great resource in your life. Enjoy!


What Topics Do You Want?

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