This evening my third grader asked to use a paper-based dictionary to look up words that start with the “tri-” prefix. I felt confident we could find an online resource that would at least match and likely exceed the utility of a paper-based dictionary (which is still in an unpacked box in our garage somewhere and not easily accessible)– and sure enough, we discovered Wiktionary:

…a collaborative project to produce a free, multilingual dictionary with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations. Wiktionary is the lexical companion to the open-content encyclopedia Wikipedia. In this English edition, started on December 12, 2002, we currently have 342,231 entries in 389 languages.

We found a great list of words starting with the prefix “tri” on the site, with linked definitions, of course!

I also learned about Zotero today (a citation-assistant for the free Firefox web browser on Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms, installable as a free extension) after IMing a bit with Derek Baird and reading his blog post from today about it. Derek also linked to a nice “Comparison of Free Bibliographic Managers” by S M Mahbub Murshed worth checking out. The review includes 14 different FREE tools for managing research citations! The commercial citation tool I’ve used the most is still EndNote, which I wish I’d known about and purchased at the START of my graduate studies.

I’ve added these three links to my wiki workshop curriculum “Effective Search and Research Strategies.”

Office: research in progress

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3 Responses to More research tools

  1. Mrs. Durff says:

    Don’t forget
    but most of all, don’t overwhelm him. He’s only in third grade, there’s time enough for college…

  2. Please note that the comparison of bibliographic manager is created by me “S M Mahbub Murshed”, not Derek. He simply mentioned it in his blog. Derek’s name also appears in


  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    Hey, thanks for the correction! I changed the attribution both on the original blog post here and on my pbwiki page. Sorry for the mistake, I appreciate you letting me know!

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