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NLM Call Number Classification: "REF"

Acronym Finder  
With more than 1,000,000 human-edited entries, you'll find this to be one of the most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms available.

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia
Geared primarily to the layperson, this online reference contains over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. There is also an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

AMA Style Guide for Citing Electronic Sources (A)
A synopsis highlighting the main points the American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors when considering publishing an article.

AMA Style Guide for Citing Electronic Sources (B)
This is a guide to the most frequently used entries from the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed., 2007.

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed.;  2000.  
This is TheFreeDictionary's general English dictionary over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.

American Sign Language Dictionary  
A unique feature that you'll find is for each word in the dictionary a short movie is available.

APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting and Style Manual
This informative resource from Purdue University is based on the 6th edition offering examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

BibMe "new"
A free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online.
Cambridge University Press publishes a range of dictionaries for learners of English all around the world. You can search their dictionaries using the search box at the top of the page.

(Son of) Citation Machine
The primary goal of this site is to make it easy for students and researchers to cite their information sources using any of four major style guides by simply following the four-step instructions.

Citing Government Documents
The University of Nebraska at Kearney provides guides which have example citations for various types of federal and state government documents (using Nebraska-specific documents).

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd ed.; 2007.

Citing Print and Electronic Sources
The accurate documenting of sources used for research is an important part of the writing and research process. Weber State University provides easy to follow examples.

EasyBib "new"
This website provides free formats for MLA, APA and Chicago styles with some resources requiring a subscription.

Electronic Statistics Textbook
This online textbook covers a wide variety of applications, including laboratory research (biomedical, agricultural, etc.), business statistics and forecasting, social science statistics and survey research, data mining, engineering and quality control applications, and many others.

Elements of Style
This reference text by William J. Strunk covers the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. gives you credible answers from published reference works – all in one place including 49 encyclopedias and 73 dictionaries and thesauruses.

A Guide to Grammar & Writing Research Papers
Write in “APA style,” they do not mean writing style. They are referring to the editorial style that many of the social and behavioral sciences have adopted to present written material in the field.

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences
When preparing a research paper or manuscript, you may need what a journal's particulars are for submitting an article. Use this link to locate the journal's instructions for submission. Choose from over 3,500 journals in the health and life sciences. All links are to "primary sources" - that is, to publishers and organizations with editorial responsibilities for the titles.

Lexipedia creates word webs in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian which can be used for generating search terms.

medi/Lexicon's Medical Dictionary
medi/Lexicon provides many methods to lookup a word in Stedman's Medical Dictionary. An extra feature they have added is fuzzy logic search that uses Google's search engine to provide alternative variations on your search.

Medterms Medical Dictionary
Doctors define difficult medical language in easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. Medterms online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell and often misspelled medical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2014
Lookup your word by entering it into the search box.

Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary, 2014.  
Just type in the word you want to lookup.

MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting and Style Guide "new"
Purdue University provides this MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offering examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

NoodleTools "new"
This website offers free versions of its many products for those who need just a few citations and not an entire source list.
Through the choices found on this site, convert just about anything to anything else with over 5,000 units and 50,000 available conversions.

Official Osteopathic Thesaurus
Considered the official thesaurus for osteopathic medicine, defining the meaning and interrelationships of those terms that have a unique meaning in osteopathic medicine.

Roget’s Thesaurus
Choose from contemporary and modern versions of the first name in English thesauri.

Several Style Guides for Citing Electronic Information
This is a "one-stop" site for information when citing electronic resources for publication. "new"
The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word. Alternatively, you can browse the English dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms.

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by individuals from all around the world with the primary role of writing articles that cover existing knowledge.

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