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18 / 04 / 2005

TWO INTERNET SEARCH TIPS: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend! If you're like most English students, you have had the experience of not being able to find the definition of an English word or a phrase in your dictionary. Today I'm going to give you two online alternatives to the traditional dictionary. Imagine that you're reading an article in English (about economics) and you come across the acronym OECD and you're not sure what it means. You look in your dictionary, but it's not there. What do you do? OPTION 1: CAMBRIDGE ONLINE DICTIONARIES One of the many links we provide in the navigation centre in the Ziggurat Virtual Campus is for access to free online dictionaries from Cambridge University Press: Simply type OECD into the search box and click on "look it up." Within seconds you will get the following definition: OECD abbreviation for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OPTION 2: GOOGLE DEFINITIONS Okay, so now you know that OECD is an abbreviation for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. However, maybe you don't know what the OECD is, and you would like more details about it. If would like to quickly find more information, then you can go to and type the following text into the search box: define: oecd Google will search for definitions and explanations about whatever is entered after the command define:. In this case, within seconds you will get a list of more than 20 links where you can find more information about the OECD, and links (at the bottom of the page) to websites that have information in other languages. If you have any questions or comments about these two online search options, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!