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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
The Ultimate Dictionary
To the Editor
I enjoyed “Looking It Up, No Keyboard Required’’ (Online Shopper, April 8), on online and offline versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, but it missed a key point.
Most public libraries and university libraries offer free remote access to wonderful reference databases. Even better, you don’t even have to visit the library to access them. They can be reached via the Web 24/7. All you need is a library card.
A great place for finding your local public library’s Web site is www.libdex.com. But here are a few examples of research links: the New York Public Library ( www.nypl.org/branch/iresources.html ); the Queens Public Library ( wwww.queenslibrary.org/internet/refsubj.asp ); the Brooklyn Public Library ( www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/alpha_eresources.jsp ) and the Westchester County Library System ( ).
Silver Spring, Md.
The writer, a librarian, edits and compiles the ResourceShelf Web site ( http://www.ResourceShelf.com ).
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