Useful Links

Eiffel 2On this page I have compiled a list of links to online dictionaries, glossaries and other resources I sometimes use for my translation work and anything else I come across that is of interest from a professional point of view.

Listed first are General Monolingual and General Multilingual resources. These are followed by links divided into more specific categories starting with Art (next to the pencils photo) and including Construction and Architecture, Environment and Earth ScienceFinance, Technical, etc. From the photo of a woman writing I’ve provided links to help improve how we write (Collocations, Corpora, Digital Journals, Digital Libraries, EncyclopaediasStyle Guides, Thesauri and Writing). Next is a section of Other Links of Interest (beginning next to the egg timer photo), including where to find free MOOCs, Photos, help with Money ManagementProductivity and Time Management and links for Business Cards and World Time zones.

As I translate from Spanish into English, there’s a heavy bias towards resources for that language pair in the sections listing links to help with translating, although I hope colleagues working from and into other languages will also find them useful.

This page is a work in progress and I will add more links as I come across them. Please let me know if any of the links are broken and feel free to make suggestions in the comments. I’ll delete comments after a while so the page doesn’t get too long.

Google is a good place to start with searches, even though it does have a tendency to change your search words if it thinks you have spelled something incorrectly, or to ignore them completely. Putting the word or words in inverted commas (“…”) should solve that problem, however. If you want everything you type into the box to appear on the page, write allintext: followed by the words you need. Adding English (or whichever language you are searching for), terminology, glossary, dictionary, etc., might lead you to some interesting pages. Adding proz, reverso or linguee, etc., will show you whether there are any relevant entries on these sites without having to go to them directly first. The images and books search tools in Google are also helpful for finding terms. And Google Scholar searches for scholarly examples of the use of words and phrases across many disciplines and sources.

For more help with advanced Google searches, please see this article. And if you want to see which of two words is more popular (visible) on Google, then use Google Fight. As with most information online, please don’t assume that a term you’ve found using Google or one of the links below is correct before double checking it.

General Monolingual

  1. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
  2. Collins English Dictionary British and American English
  3. Coloquialmente glosario sobre el español coloquial
  4. Diccionario Clave diccionario de uso del español actual
  5. Diccionario panhispánico de dudas (DPD)
  7. Dirae Diccionario inverso by the Real Academia Española
  8. DRAE Diccionario de la lengua española by the Real Academia Española
  9. Duden Wörterbuch online
  10. Fine Dictionary definitions from 4 dictionaries, example sentences, facts, quotations, idioms, etc.
  11. The Free Dictionary
  12. Glossaries by EU Institutions and Bodies (TermCoord)
  13. Glossaries from EU Institution and Bodies (TermCoord)
  14. Glossarissimo Monolingual & Multilingual resources & terminology
  15. Goodrae diccionario hipertextual, lematizado y con búsqueda inversa
  16. Jergas de habla hispana
  17. Merriam Webster
  18. OneLook Dictionary
  19. The Online Slang Dictionary
  20. Oxford English Dictionary (subscription required – can be accessed with UK library card)
  21. Oxford Reference (subscription required – can be accessed with UK library card)
  22. TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus (free software to download)
  23. a dictionary that includes a section called The Challenge to help you learn difficult words
  24. Wordnik definitions, examples ad related words
  25. WordWeb English Dictionary and Thesaurus (free and paid software to download)
  26. 3000+ Translation Glossaries List created by Inbox Translation


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General Multilingual

  1. abcXXL Online Dictionary be, de, en, et, fr, ga, lt, lv, pl, ru, sv, uk
  2. Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias searches several resources
  3. Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias German version of the above
  4. 28 languages
  5. Babylon Dictionary ar, de, el, en, fr, he, it, nl, zh (can also be downloaded)
  6. Beolingus de-en-es-pt
  7. Collins Dictionaries de, en, es, fr and it
  8. Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana ca, de, en, es, fr
  9. English-German and Multilingual Dictionary
  10. Duden de-en dictionary
  11. Catalan-Spanish and Catalan-English dictionaries and more
  12. Everest Dictionary 37 dictionary databases (free software to download)
  13. Glosbe the multilingual online dictionary
  14. Glossaries by EU Institutions and Bodies (TermCoord)
  15. Glossaries from EU Institution and Bodies (TermCoord)
  16. Glossarissimo Monolingual & Multilingual resources & terminology
  17. GlossaryLinks (TermCoord) search tool to find glossary you need from database of nearly 2,500 glossaries
  18. GoldenDict dictionary lookup program (software)
  19. Guidelines for contractors translating into English European Commission
  20. IATE InterActive Terminology for Europe. The database can also be downloaded.
  21. LDLP Dictionary ar and es, es, fr, de
  22. Le grand dictionnaire terminologique
  23. Over 80 dictionaries, several languages (subscription required, free trial available)
  24. LEO de-en, de-es, de-fr, de-it, de-pl, de-pt, de-ru, de-zh
  25. Lexicool Bilingual and multilingual dictionaries
  26. Linguatools de-cs, de-da, de-el, de-en, de-es, de-fr, de-it, de-nl, de-pl, de-pt, de-ro, de-sv
  27. Linguee
  28. Magic Search search multiple sources (dictionaries, corpora, MT engines, search engines) with one click
  29. Microsoft Language Portal
  30. Multilingual Search Interfaces for Translators
  31. Multitran ru and af, de, en, es, et, fr, it, ja, lv, nl, xal
  32. My Memory
  33. Oxford Dictionaries (log in with UK library card for full access)
  34. Oxford Language Dictionaries (subscription required)
  35. Term Search
  36. Reverso Context translation in context
  37. Reverso Dictionary ar-de-en-es-fr-he-it-ja-ko-nl-pl-pt-ru-zh
  38. Spanish Central by Merriam-Webster – translation with word-by-word breakdown
  39. Spanish Translator Services Several links to glossaries & dictionaries
  40. Tatoeba collection of sentences and translations
  41. TermCoord Glossary Links – European Parliament Terminology Coordination
  42. Termium Plus
  43. Tradooit en-fr, en-es, es-en, es-fr, fr-en, fr-es
  44. Translators Cafe TCTerms Questions
  45. UNTERM United Nations Multilingual Terminology Database
  46. Visual Dictionary
  47. Wiktionary
  48. WIPO Pearl WIPO’s multilingual terminology portal
  49. Word Hippo several languages, plus similar, opposite & rhyming words, etc.
  50. Word Magic es-en only
  51. Word Reference
  52. WordFinder (subscription required to access 120 dictionaries in 15 languages)
  53. Wörterbuchnetz
  54. Woxikon Multilingual dictionary & synonym database (8 European languages)


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  1. CAMEO Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  2. Getty Search Gateway
  3. Google Cultural Institute
  4. WikiArt the encyclopedia of painting


  1. Business Dictionary

Construction and Architecture

        1. About Dams The British Dam Society
        2. Carreteros detailed info on roads in Spanish
        3. Construpedia includes ca-es-en dictionary
        4. Diccionario de Arquitectura y Construcción
        5. Dictionary of Construction
        6. Dictionary of Military Architecture
        7. Glosario para Ingenieros Civiles es-en
        8. The Great Buildings Collection
        9. Infomine Mining dictionary, several languages
        10. Mortar and ETICS Dictionary several languages
        11. Paving Expert A Guide to Paving, Drainage & Hard-Landscaping
        12. Términos de Carreteras es only
        13. Urban Conservation Glossary
        14. Water & Wastewater Treatment Technology lessons by Rosa-lee Cooke
        15. Water UK Jargon Buster


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Environment and Earth Science

  1. Climate Change Glossary ca-gl-es-en-it-fr-ro-pt
  2. Earth and Environment Glossaries
  3. Environmental Terminology and Discovery Service European Environment Agency (28 languages)
  4. Geology Dictionary and Earth Science Terms and Definitions
  5. Glosario de GreenFacts es-en/fr
  6. Glossary of Soil Terms
  7. Soil Mechanics
  8. Vocabulario Forestal gl-es-en
  9. World Reference Base for Soil Resources


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        1. Deloitte’s IAS Plus website
        2. Diccionario Económico es only
        3. Dictionary of Banking (UBS) en-de-fr-it
        4. Financial Times Lexicon
        5. Glossary of Economics and Trade (Babel Linguistics Inc) en-es
        6. Glossary of Stock Market Terms (Nasdaq)
        7. Glossary on Trade Financing Terms of International Trade Centre (ITC) – en-fr-es
        8. IFRS Glossary International Financial Reporting Standards
        9. IMF (International Monetary Fund) glossaries: en and ar, de, es, fr, ja, pt, ru, zh
        10. Investopedia en only
        11. LinguaFin multilingual financial termbase (subscription only)
        12. Money Terms: investment & finance explained
        13. World Bank Glossary en-es, es-en (PDF)
        14. World Bank Glossary en-fr, fr-en (PDF)


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            1. Wordscope Health

Information Technology

            1. Technopedia technology dictionary (comprehensive computer dictionary)
            2. Webopedia online computer and Internet terms dictionary
            3. IT encyclopedia

Insurance and Real Estate

              1. Diccionario Mapfre de Seguros es-en
              2. Glossary of Insurance and Risk Management Terms
              3. Real Estate Glossary




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  1. Cycling Glossary: The Language of Our Sport Finish Line
  2. Glossary of Cycling Terms Century Cycles

Tourism and Travel

  1. Wordscope Travel


      1. The Super Gigantic Y2K Winegrape Glossary Anthony J. Hawkins on Wine Lovers


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  1. Collocations Dictionary
  2. DiCE Diccionario de Colocaciones del Español
  3. Dictionnaire des Collocations
  4. Dictionnaire des Cooccurrences
  5. Online Collocation Dictionary
  6. Ozdic collocation dictionary


  1. A Collection of English Corpora
  2. AntConc freeware corpus analysis toolkit for concordancing and text analysis by Laurence Anthony
  3. BootCaT Bootstrap Corpora and Terms from the Web
  4. BMH Corpus Portal corpora of biomedical and health literature
  5. British National Corpus
  6. BYU-BNC British National Corpus
  7. BYU Wikipedia Corpus YouTube Overview of this corpus
  8. COCA The Corpus of Contemporary American English
  9. CORDE Corpus Diacrónico del Español by the Real Academia Española
  10. Corpus.BYU.EDU Corpora created by Mark Davies, BYU
  11. Corpus del español siglos XIII-XX
  12. Corpus del español del siglo XXI
  13. CREA Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual by the Real Academia Española
  14. GloWbe Corpus of Global Web-based English
  15. Google Books American, British and Spanish
  16. Google Scholar
  17. IntelliText Intelligent Tools for Creating and Analysing Electronic Text Corpora for Humanities Research by CTS (University of Leeds)
  18. International Corpus of English
  19. PERC Corpus Online academic journal texts compiled as part of Professional English Research Consortium project
  20. The Sketch Engine – Corpus Query System (subscription required)
  21. Springer Exemplar discover how a particular term or phrase is used in scientific literature
  22. TIME Magazine corpus 1923-2006
  23. WebCorp


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Digital Journals

        1. AERA Open American Educational Research Association – articles on education
        2. DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals – an online directory
        3. Google Scholar
        4. JoSTrans The Journal of Specialised Translation
        5. JSTOR Journal Storage, a digital library (subscription required to access most content)
        6. Redalyc Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal
        7. SAGE Open articles on social and behavioural sciences and humanities
        8. Springer journals, books, series, protocols and reference works
        9. Taylor & Francis Online includes Routledge (advanced search & often pay per article)
        10. Translation a transdisciplinary journal (subscription required)


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Digital Libraries

            1. free access to books and information on the Web
            2. Biblioteca Digital Hispánica Biblioteca Nacional de España
            3. COPAC UK and Irish academic, national and specialist library catalogues
            4. The European Library
            5. Google Books
            6. HathiTrust Digital Library a partnership of academic and research institutions
            7. Internet Archive non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, etc.
            8. Issuu digital publishing platform for magazines, catalogues, newspapers and other publications
            9. Media History Digital Library
            10. Scribd e-books, audiobooks, comics and documents (subscription required; 30-day free trial)
            11. Virtual Library of Musicology


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                1. Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias searches several resources
                2. Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias German version of the above
                3. Encyclopaedia Britannica (subscription required – can be accessed with UK library card)
                4. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


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 Style Guides

      1. ABC Radio National Style Guide Australian Usage
      2. Academic Writing Style Birmingham City University
      3. Academic Writing Style Monash University
      4. APA Style
      5. The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook
      6. BBC News Style Guide links to a page where you can download a Word copy (PDF copy link)
      7. Bristol University
      8. The California State University Branding Standards Guide
      9. The Canadian Style
      10. Chicago Manual of Style
      11. EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English free PDFs
      12. The Economist Style Guide
      13. English Style Guide – European Commission A handbook for authors and translators
      14. Eurofound Style Guide European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
      15. European Union Interinstitutional Style Guide
      16. Government Digital Service Style Guide for all content published on GOV.UK
      17. Guardian and Observer Style Guide
      18. Harvard Citations Skills@Library – Leeds University
      19. Harvard Referencing System Staffordshire University (PDF downloads)
      20. Harvard System Anglia Ruskin University (includes PDF download)
      21. Harvard style reference lists and bibliographies Skills@Library – Leeds University
      22. MLA Formatting and Style Guide Purdue University
      23. National Geographic Style Manual
      24. Online Stylebooks search entries in several stylebooks
      25. Plain Language Commission
      26. The Reuters Style Guide
      27. Tameri Guide for Writers Stylebook US usage
      28. Telegraph Style Book
      29. Twentieth Century British History Oxford Journals
      30. United Nations Editorial Manual Online
      31. University of Technology Sydney Publications Style Guide
      32. Vancouver Citing and Referencing Style Imperial College
      33. Wikipedia Manual of Style
      34. World Bank Translation Style Guide
      35. The Yahoo! Style Guide


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  1. Babylon Thesaurus
  2. Collins Thesaurus
  3. Diccionario de sinónimos en español
  4. Diccionario de Sinónimos y Antónimos
  5. Diccionario de sinónimos y antónimos WordReference
  6. Diccionario de sinónimos y antónimos Busca Palabra
  7. Ideas Afines ideas, palabras, conceptos y términos relacionados
  8. Power Thesaurus crowdsourced thesaurus built by a community of writers
  9. TheSage English Dictionary and Thesaurus (free software to download)
  11. Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
  12. UNBIS Thesaurus United Nations Bibliographical Information System
  13. UNESCO Thesaurus English, French, Russian and Spanish
  14. Urban Thesaurus
  15. UK Archival Thesaurus
  16. Word Hippo similar or opposite words
  17. WordWeb English Dictionary and Thesaurus (free and paid software to download)

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      1. Clear English Tips for Translators European Commission
      2. Guidelines for contractors translating into English European Commission Translation Resources
      3. Language Tool grammar, spelling and style software for over 20 languages
      4. Misused English Words and Expression in EU Publications Translation Directorate
      5. PerfectIt Proofreading Software for Professionals (free 30-day trial; cost: $99)
      6. ProWritingAid improve readability and eliminate errors (free version or cost from $40/year)
      7. Repetition Detector detects repetitions in texts; software in en and fr but works with da, de, es, fi, is, it, nl, no, pt, sv (free 30-day trial; cost: $7.40)
      8. Stilus spelling and grammar checker for Spanish (free trial; cost from €29.95/year)


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hourglass-972324_1280Other Links of Interest

      1. ABYZ News Links
      2. Acronym Finder
      3. Alt Codes list of Alt key codes, symbols and characters
      4. BuyMeOnce a site combating our throwaway culture with info on products built to last
      5. Camtasia computer screen recorder and video editor
      6. Committee on Publication Ethics COPE
      7. Dictionary and Reference Board on
      8. Forebears search for genealogical records and meanings & distribution of surnames
      9. How Many Syllables
      10. IntelliWebSearch searches in search engines, online dictionaries & encyclopedias (two-month free trial; cost from €25 for 12 months)
      11. Internet Movie Database IMDb
      12. ISO Language Codes
      13. Natural Reader free text to speech reader
      14. Netflix for films and TV programmes
      15. Ratatype learn touch typing
      16. helps you calculate when you should go to bed based on 90-min sleep cycle & average time to fall asleep of 15 mins
      17. Summary of Intellectual Property Rights The UK Copyright Service
      18. TerminoTrad includes Lazyterm, Translation Memories, Serendipity and much more by Roger McKeon
      19. Windows – Alt Key Codes
      20. Zero Waste Home Office tips to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot


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Money Management & Invoicing

      1. FreeAgent accounting software for small businesses and freelancers (cost from £19/month)
      2. KashFlow accounting software (free 14-day trial; cost from £7 + VAT/month)
      3. Translation Office 3000 translation management system (free 30-day trial; cost from €79)
      4. Word to Line Rate Converter and vice versa by Koen van Gilst
      5. Xero accounting software and online bookkeeping (free 15-day trial; cost from £9/month)
      6. You Need A Budget software to help you manage your money (free 34-day trial; cost: $5/month or $50/year)

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

      1. Canvas Network
      2. Coursera
      3. edX
      4. FutureLearn
      5. Harvard Online Learning
      6. Khan Academy
      7. MIT OpenCourseWare (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
      8. MOOC list
      9. NovoEd
      10. Open2Study
      11. Udacity


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      1. Can Stock Photo royalty free stock photographs (cost from $9 for 12 credits)
      2. Creative Commons
      3. Flickr
      4. Gratisography free photos by Ryan McGuire
      5. New Old Stock vintage photos free of known copyright restrictions
      6. Pexels free stock photos
      7. Picjumbo free photos
      8. Pixabay free high-quality images
      9. SplitShire free stock photography
      10. Unsplash free high-resolution photos


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      1. Moo for business cards, flyers, greeting cards, etc.
      2. for business cards, flyers, greeting cards, etc.
      3. Vistaprint for business cards, flyers, greeting cards, etc.

Productivity, Project & Time Management

      1. Coffitivity background coffee-shop noise to aid creativity
      2. Pomodoro, countdown, etc.
      3. Evernote for collecting and sharing ideas
      4. Focus Booster time tracker for productivity with pomodoro timer (free 30-day trial; cost from $3/month)
      5. Focus@Will specially sequenced background music to increase your attention span (15-day free trial; from $6.25 per month)
      6. Insightly CRM and project management (free option)
      7. KanbanFlow project management with real-time team collaboration & Pomodoro time tracking (free option)
      8. Marinara Timer Pomodoro, custom timer, kitchen timer
      9. myNoise customisable soundscape website to aid concentration
      10. Podio customisable work management (cost from $9/month)
      11. Remember the Milk to-do app for busy people (pro version costs $39.99/year)
      12. RescueTime time management tracker app (free and premium versions)
      13. Toggl time tracker (free 30-day trial; cost from $10/month)
      14. Tomato Timer Pomodoro
      15. Trello project management app
      16. Zoho operating system for business (free option)

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World Time

    1. Time Converter, World Clock, Time Zone Map
    2. World Clock, Time Zones, Calendar, etc.
    3. World Time Zone Map


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14 thoughts on “Useful Links

  1. I checked out your expansive list and found Linguee the most useful for my languages (CH, KO, EN). I recommended it to my colleagues. Thank you so much for sharing!

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