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The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. It aims to show not only the current meanings of words, but also to trace their development through time. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world, making the OED a unique historical record.

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World Book Encyclopedia articles form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.

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Websites

Inkpop
Online writing community where the best submissions are read by real editors from Harper Collins
Figment
A community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors
Teen Ink
National teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teen writing, art, photos and forums.
Writer’s Digest
Online version of the magazine with articles, writing prompts and tips
NaNoWriMo
Online community that encourages writers to break through their blocks and write an entire novel in November
Forward Motion
Free Writing Community for Serious Minded Writers