Category Archives: Search engines

Ludwig

LudwigLudwig is a smart translator and linguistic search engine which helps you to find the right word or sentence to express your ideas. By leveraging the most powerful learning tool that humans have, the ability to imitate, this tool advises people on how to put down their ideas in words with confidence. A gigantic database with millions of correct English sentences and an algorithm specialized in language allows you to compare any of your English phrases with a set of similar correct and contextualized ones. It also has a dictionary and can translate from other languages into English.

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MagicSearch

MagicSearchMagic Search is a multilingual tool allowing you to look-up multiple sources with a single click (dictionaries, corpora, machine translation engines, search engines). Select a language pair and submit a search. MagicSearch will display a single scrollable page with multiple sources. You can customize the order of the dictionaries, as well as add/remove dictionaries.

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lexicool.com

lexicool.com offers primarily a directory of “all” the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. It is a resource intended for translators, linguists, language students and all those interested in foreign languages. The directory currently has links to over 7500 dictionaries and glossaries.

 

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Google Books Ngram Viewer

Google Books Ngram Viewer allows you to track usage over the years. You can thus find out if a word or expression has become obsolete or come into general usage. You can also compare several words or expressions to find out which is more common. Languages currently offered include English, Spanish, French and German

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DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that does not track and profile its users and shows all users the same search results for a given search term. It also emphasizes getting information from the best sources rather than the most sources, generating its search results from key crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines such as Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and WolframAlpha.

It features the use of !bangs, or commands that apply filters to searches. For example, !wes will search Wikipedia in Spanish and !rae will search the dictionary of the Real Academia Española. For a list of !bang commands, type !bang in the search window.

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BabelNet

BabelNet is both a multilingual encyclopedic dictionary, with lexicographic and encyclopedic coverage of terms, and an ontology which connects concepts and named entities in a very large network of semantic relations, made up of more than 9 million entries, called Babel synsets. Each Babel synset represents a given meaning and contains all the synonyms which express that meaning in a range of different languages. BabelNet 2.0 covers 50 languages and is obtained from the automatic integration of WordNet, Open Multilingual WordNet, Wikipedia and OmegaWiki.

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University Search Engine

The SLT has created a University Search Engine based on Google custom search that explores the websites of 19 British and US Universities. You can use it to solve your doubts about academic terminology and phraseology in the English language. If you would like to see other university websites included, please make a comment to this post.

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Oxford Reference Online

The Oxford University Press has launched a new version of Oxford Reference, a comprehensive resource that contains over 200 language and subject references, including monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, encyclopaedia, quotations and maps. Subject areas range from politics and social sciences to physical sciences and mathematics, and from economics and business to earth and environmental sciences.

 

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