Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & other Language Resources
Search Engines & Directories
Metacrawlers & Metasearch Engines
Media: Newspapers, Television, Radio
Literature: The Top 100 best-loved British novels (your future reading list?!)

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Language Resources
WordReference (translations)
Le Grand Dictionnaire Terminologique
3 millions de termes français et anglais du vocabulaire industriel, scientifique et commercial, dans 200 domaines d’activité
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infoplease: dictionary, encyclopedia, Atlas…
OneLook Dictionaries (more than 287 dictionaries and glossaries)
Refdesk Dictionaries & Language Resources
Google Glossary of Words, Phrases & Acronyms
Online Dictionary and thesaurus
(+ foreign language dictionaries and automatic translator)
Acronym Finder
Database: more than 200 different topics to debate
Search Engines & Directories
Google UK (New)
AllTheWeb Alta Vista &
Yahoo & HotBot
MSN Search & Ask Jeeves
LookSmart Can’t make up your mind? Then visit this site:
Metacrawlers and Metasearch Engines Unlike search engines, metacrawlers don’t crawl the web themselves to build listings. Instead, they allow searches to be sent to several search engines all at once. The results are then blended together onto one page.
Netherlands-based. Proudly promises to respect user privacy. It contacts 11 search engines, and ranks results based on the number of “top 10” rankings a site receives from the various search engines.
One of the oldest meta search services, MetaCrawler began in July 1995 at the University of Washington. It “searches the best results from the combined pool of the world’s leading search engines”.
Enter a search term, and Clusty will not only pull back matching responses from major search engines but also automatically organize the pages into categories, with best results at the top. Slick and easy to use.
If you like the idea of seeing your web results visually, this meta search site shows the results with sites being interconnected by keywords.
Popular metasearch that sends a search to a customizable list of search engines, directories and specialty search sites, then displays results from each search engine individually.
Turbo 10
A metasearch Engine accesses both traditional web search engines and some invisible web databases, with a very speedy interface.

News and Current Affairs
Much of this compiled by Olivier Colas, 2003
Centre de Ressources en Langues, C.R.D.P. de l’Académie de Versailles

News Search Engines AllTheWeb News
Google News (magazines)
The Guardian The Independent
The Times The Daily Telegraph
The Financial Times The Sun
The Daily Mail The Daily Mirror
The Daily Express The Irish News
The Scotsman The Irish Times
The New-York Times The International Herald Tribune
The Washington Post The Sydney Morning Herald
Reuters UK What the Papers Say
BBC World Service – In the News
– English in the News : Read, listen to and learn the English in this week’s stories.
– Music in the News
– Sports Words Monthly
– Words in the News. Vocabulary from the world of music.
Listen to and read the story then find explanations of difficult words.
BBC Skillswise – In the News
Games, quizzes and more to help you improve your literacy and numeracy. Read this week’s big news stories and test your listening, word or number skills in the quizzes.
BBC News in your e-mail box
A selection of personalised news items with videos to download
The Daily World Press Online 192 countries – 1392 dailypapers
Top Breaking News Headlines The Magazine Boy
The Paper Boy – World Edition Links to 5615 newspapers
The Paper Boy – UK Edition Over 1500 Magazines
Refdesk – Newspapers How Newspapers Work
Newseum – the interactive museum of news “Today’s Front Pages”, etc. Glossary of Newspaper Terms
Editorialist Cartoons Topical words in the news
TIME for Kids Yahooligans News
New-York Times Learning Network Student News Net
BBC News ITN Online
Sky News Euronews
Worldnet (US TV) CNN Student News
TV commercials
TV commercials past and present, in both streaming and downloadable video formats.
Radio Now – all sorts of UK radio stations
Voice of America (VOA)


The British Top 100 best-loved novels (Source BBC)
How many have YOU read then?!
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie