Library Closed and catalog maintenance Monday, Feb.18
All locations of The Seattle Public Library and book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18.
Also, our catalog will be unavailable between 7 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for system maintenance. Many other online services, including our former catalog, online payments, databases, OverDrive, Library card registrations and more will also be unavailable during that time. Thank you for your patience.
Whether you are doing general research for a school project or need to find the right word for a writing project, our free online tools will come in handy. All of these tools are free for you to use from anywhere with an internet connection when you sign in with your Library account.
Use our handy online reference tools for your research projects
AP Stylebook Online
This online version of the official Associated Press Stylebook is searchable, customizable and updated regularly. It offers writing guidelines for spelling, usage, punctuation and style.
Britannica Online for Kids
Offers thousands of articles, images, videos and more to help students from kindergarten through high school learn about the world.
Britannica Online Reference Center
The Encyclopedia Britannica online, plus a dictionary, thesaurus, world atlas, the full text of current magazine and journal articles, live feeds from a variety of news sources and much more.
Oxford English Dictionary
Explore the history and meaning of English words. Includes more than 600,000 words dating back over a thousand years.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
For quick fact checking or in-depth research, you’ll find up-to-date dictionaries and reference materials on a wide range of subjects. A customizable research tool allows you to add notes and save them for later.
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