When you start a research you very often start searching the Web.
Therefore it is very important to select the appropriate words of search query.
You can use different tools.
One of them is Visuwords.
A short clip from Visuword homepage ”
Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
- It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
- Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
- The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
- No membership required.
Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.”
The second tool is WordWeb.
“WordWeb is free subject to licensing terms.
The comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary includes:
Definitions and synonyms
150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Fixed web reference tabs“