2.1 Different types of dictionaries
There are many types of dictionaries:
- Generic English language dictionaries – these are monolingual dictionaries, which are dictionaries that provide a definition in English.
- Bilingual dictionaries such as the .
- English language learner’s dictionaries, such as the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English, which provide simple definitions for students.
- Specialist dictionaries such as the Dictionary of Science, which define specialist terms.
Collocationsdictionaries such as the Oxford Collocations Dictionary, or the sites, Ozdic and Just the Word, which allow you to find the most common combinations of words.
- Thesauri such as Thesaurus.com, which provide collocations, synonyms and related words.
Dictionaries can be accessed in a variety of ways. You have the option to use:
- Print dictionaries which you can purchase online or from a bookstore. These normally provide a CD ROM containing additional resources such as advice on how to learn vocabulary, exercises, pronunciation and a full thesaurus.
- Online dictionaries available only on subscription such as the Oxford English Dictionary. This dictionary, which gives comprehensive information, can generally be accessed for free from university libraries by enrolled students.
- Dictionary apps that you can access through a smartphone of tablet.
- Free online dictionaries such as The Collins English Dictionary.
- Search engines such as OneLook which find definitions from several free online dictionaries.