Other Language Resources

Provided below is a selection of general terminology resources, approximately and subjectively classified in order of relevance for Canadian and international language professionals.

General Terminology Banks

Canada

  • Termium Plus — The Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic database.
    • Collection of Canadian language resources — Writing resources, glossaries and dictionaries, language learning opportunities, and organizations and events.
    • Glossaries and vocabularies — Various glossaries and vocabularies listing terms specific to different activity areas of federal departments.
    • First Nation Profiles — Information that describes individual First Nation communities across Canada, including official names and other administrative or legal information as well as definitions.
  • Le grand dictionnaire terminologique (GDT) — Terminology database of the Office québécois de la langue française and its partners.
  • ONTERM — Official terminology of the Government of Ontario, in English and French: official names and titles used by the Government of Ontario.

Elsewhere around the globe

  • BelTerme — Terminology database of the French Language Service of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium).
  • Conseil international de la langue française (CILF) — Multilingual specialized dictionaries; scientific and technical terminology database; spelling and grammar database; Orthonet; La Banque des mots : terminology review; Le Français moderne : online French linguistic review.
  • FranceTerm — Terminology recommendations published in the Journal officiel de la République française in various scientific and technical fields.
  • Glossary Links — Search tool with a database of more than 8,000 glossaries, regularly checked and updated by the EU’s Terminology Coordination Unit for relevancy and reliability.
  • Microsoft Language Portal — Free language tools, resources, and solutions that can help you bridge the gap between language and technology across Microsoft products.
  • InterActive Terminology for Europe (IATE) — The EU’s terminology database, used in the EU institutions and agencies for the collection, dissemination and management of EU-specific terminology.
  • UNTERM — The United Nations (UN) multilingual terminology database maintained jointly by the main duty stations and regional commissions of the United Nations system.

Online dictionaries

English

French

  • Usito — Entirely designed in Quebec, Usito is the first electronic dictionary to describe the standard French used in Quebec, while bridging the gap with the rest of the French-speaking world (subscription-based access)
  • Le Larousse — The full range of linguistic tools published by Larousse made available online to the general public.
  • Le Littré — Dictionary published the end of the 19th century that reflects French language usage of nearly 150 years ago. Useful for research purposes and to better understand some literary works.

Online tools based on unilingual or multilingual text corpuses

  • bab.la — Online language portal: familiar and regional expressions, technical or lexical vocabularies, etc.
  • DeepL — One of the best machine translation systems available, powered by a world-leading neural network technology firm; works in many languages (free, or for a fee for an enhanced version).
  • Google Translate — Google’s free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.
  • Greatest Quotations — One of the oldest quotes website on the internet with a 63,655 quotes in its database.
  • Linguee — Editorial dictionary and search engine to search for the translation of a word or expression among billions of bilingual texts.
  • Reverso — Language tools portal including translation, dictionary, spell checker, conjugation, grammar, pronunciation.
  • Tradooit — Suite of computer-assisted translation tools: translation memory, terminology bank, bilingual concordancer, text alignment tool and a pre-translation tool.

Miscellanesous Language Resources

  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) — The world’s most voluminous search engine, especially for academic open access web resources, operated by Bielefeld University Library in Germany.
  • Base de données lexicographiques panfrancophone (BDLP) — An international project that is part of the Trésor de la langue française au Québec initiative.
  • EU Open Access to Scholarly Research — A portal created by the librarians at the European Commission Library to help users find freely accessible results of scholarly research on the Internet
  • Google Scholar — Google’s search for scholarly literature.
  • Termsciences — A multidisciplinary terminological portal developed in France to promote and share terminology resources (lexicons, dictionaries, thesauri) of public research and higher education organizations in order to create a common terminology repository.

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