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Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English

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

Fact checking websites: news and politics

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Brown subscribes to a number of online dictionaries and encyclopedias, 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.

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.