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Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English

Resources for students in Brown University's NonFiction Writing Program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Brown subscribes to a number of online dictionaries and encylopedias, as well as databases of reference works.

Online Dictionaries

Online Encyclopedias


Find out more about the people in your essay.  Brown subscribes to a number of online collective biographies.

Do a quick search

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.