A dictionary guide for Web users

By November 17, 2016,
Page 1087-1098
Author Valeria Caruso, Anna De Meo
Title A dictionary guide for Web users
Abstract The continuously growing number of specialised lexicographical resources on the Web calls into question the users’ ability to solve their information needs autonomously. Neither terminological databanks, nor dictionary aggregators actually represent valuable solutions to these needs (Lew 2011), and in order to guide users towards useful resources, a database was created, which collects evaluation forms of free internet specialised dictionaries and allows users to carry out customised searches on the basis of their subject field expertise (laymen, semi-experts, experts), the desired language, and the kind of support they need (basically with communicative problems or in acquiring new knowledge). Using a specific evaluation system, the tool displays the best resources available for the desired parameters, assessing dictionaries on the basis of an evaluation scale and explicit guidelines that prevent contradictory responses, such as dictionaries that are simultaneously suited for laymen and experts. The paper illustrates the current development of the tool, with special reference to its evaluation system, as well as its possible future improvements.
Session Reports on Lexicographical and Lexicological Projects
Keywords Dictionary Guides; Dictionary evaluation; Online Dictionaries; Specialised lexicography
author={Valeria Caruso and Anna De Meo},
title={A dictionary guide for Web users},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Bolzano, Italy},
editor={Abel, Andrea and Vettori, Chiara and Ralli, Natascia},
publisher={EURAC research},