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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds This week we’ll be investigating the different places where we can find information about words. There are a huge number of dictionaries and other online information sources to choose from. So we’ll start the course by discussing some of the differences between them and the reasons why we choose to use one particular reference tool or another.

Overview of the week’s activities

Watch the video introducing the week and consider the big question:

Why do we choose to use one particular reference tool over another?

Your Task

When you want to find information about a word, do you always turn to the same reference tool or do you try out different ones?

Are you satisfied with the results?

Has anybody advised you to use a particular dictionary?

Would you recommend any particular dictionary to others?

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Understanding English Dictionaries

Coventry University