Language & Literature


Oxford English Dictionary University of Birmingham users only
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, present and past.
If you are a University of Birmingham user connecting from off-campus you should click here to use the Oxford English Dictionary. You will need a personal ATHENS username and password, which is obtainable from most Information Services libraries.
Formerly A Web of Online Directories. A gateway of major dictionaries, grammars and thesauri available on the Web. Includes links to dictionaries in over 100 languages, and a range of specialised English dictionaries
A multilingual dictionary of European languages.
Merriam-Webster Online
An English (US) dictionary. The WWW equivalent of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition.

Specialist dictionaries

The specialty English dictionaries page
of Includes scientific dictionaries, dialect dictionaries and a vast range of other specialised dictionaries


Alta Vista automatic translation service
Provides a rough, automatic translation of either individual web pages or of typed text. Can translate between English and French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish
Google automatic translation service
More of the same!

Language and Literature

Online English Grammar
Descriptions of the main parts of speech. Includes a search facility.
Literature Online University of Birmingham only
Literature resources online. Including English Poetry (600-1900), Shakeseare's plays, several versions of the Bible in English and a number of other poetry, plays and prose works.
Bartlett's familiar quotations

This site belongs to: Chris Porter. Birmingham, UK. Created: 12 March 2004 [Last updated:27 April 2004]