Dictionary Comparison Reference Answer February 9, 2008

The McGrawHill Children’s Dictionary

MerriamWebster 2 Online Dictionary
No Google came up with one definition Yes

The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language3
yes wide and diverse selection Yes Nice large font, well formatted. Yes yes No,,,1992

The New Oxford American Dictionary4

Does it provide vocabulary coverage needed? Are it’s contents clear and readable?

Yes Wide and diverse word selection. Large well chosen fonts. Readable for ages 8-11. Yes yes Looked for “google”… nothing “internet”… good explanation… May 2002 Yes



Is it published by a reputable firm? Is it reliable? Is it reasonably current?

Yes ? Google came up with the company and search term (verb) Yes 2007 No

Yes Yes Reseasonable

Are it’s definitions thorough, accurate, precise, objective?

Does it include effective



no…Religious Yes, Religious defn defn of of Pagan objective “Pagan” not objective in my humble opinion Yes Yes

examples in context? Does it include effective pictures? Does it include synonyms and antonyms? Is it’s pronunciation system precise and uncomplicated? Does it furnish adequate usage notes? Does it offer any special or unique features?

Limited… about 3/page average No Yes Oh, yes! Words w multiple defn have quick reference picture key 5 Retail $24.95 Overall, a pair of fine, accessible resources.Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

No No Yes No Audio Files for pronunciation

limited… no yes Yes, over 40 pages No

Few Yes Yes Limited No

Is it competitively priced? What do current reviews say about it?

Free … yes unable to find a current review


Retail $60.00


Retail $60.00

Highly recommended for public and school libraries. Manya Chylinski, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

How does it compare with major competitors? Dictionaries… Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/

Good comparison


…with its unique approach to language, this is easy to use and provides clear, well-written definitions. Recommended for most libraries. Cynthia A. Johnson, Barnard Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. well

Merriam-Webster Online http://www.merriam-webster.com/ MSN Encarta http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/dictionaryhome.aspx Cambridge Dictionaries Online Http://dictionary.combridge.org

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The Wordsmyth Collaboratory. The McGraw-Hill Children’s Dictionary. Ohio; 2002 Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2007. Merriam Webster, Incorporated. 26 Nov. 2007. http://www.merriamwebster.com/ 3 Houghton Mifflin Company. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language 3rd Edition. Boston; 1992 4 Oxford University Press. The New Oxford American Dictionary. New York; 2001 5 Barnes and Noble Book Company. 1997. Barnesandnoble.com llc. 28 Nov.2007. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=The+McGraw%2DHill+Children%92s+Dictionary&z=y 6 7 , Barnes and Noble Book Company. 1997. Barnesandnoble.com llc. 28 Nov.2007. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=american+heritage+dictionary+of+the+english+language& z=y 7 Barnes and Noble Book Company. 1997. Barnesandnoble.com llc. 28 Nov.2007. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=new+oxford+american+dictionary&z=y

“ISBN 1-57768-298-x Editorial Reviews”. Barnes and Noble .1997-2007. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ISBN=157768298x#TABS