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Why a dictionary for Whales and Dolphins ?




When I look at the statistics regarding the links visited on my website, I notice that few people look at the links entitled: « Dolphin Dictionary » and « Whale Dictionary ». This is a shame/pity since/considering the glossaries may serve as useful aids in obtaining news and/or references about cetaceans.  

I've been working on improving and expanding these two files for over 10 years in hopes of facilitating access to the public.  

But how does it work?  

All you have to do is select a word to quickly obtain information on that subject.

- For example, take the word « Rehabilitation » found in either of the « Dictionary of whales and/or dolphins» file.   It happens to be found in the « Dictionary for Dolphins ».  

Using Word , you click on « Edition/Edition » then « Rechecher/Research », type in your word then click « Mot entire/Entire Word » and finally « Suivant/Next ».   You will obtain directly the word in alphabetical order! Very simple!   From there, you'll obtain all the references that I've obtained through my readings (including books, journal articles, reports, .) to help you in your research.   You'll find the page number, title of the book in italics, the author and the date edited.  

-Take a second example.  

The word referring to the whale species « Mesoplodon densirostris » (Blainville's beaked whale) in the « Dictionary for Whales ».   You go to« Edition » then « Rechercher», type in your word then click « Mot   entier » and finally « Suivant ».   The word appears.  

The goal is to share recent or archival information and data about a word for which you would like results. I have yet to meet anyone who has had the idea to create such an online database. It simplifies your efforts when searching for a source at the   library, bookstore, or ordering certain documents.  

Clearly, it was my choice to decide which word would be in either of the glossaries.   I did not want to have the same word in the two glossaries.   Or if the same word does appear in both dictionaries it is because the information refers specifically to a certain type of whale or dolphin. Furthermore, this represents my personal bibliography and not someone else's.   Therefore, clearly you cannot have all the noted references.   It's up to you to choose them.  

I apologize in advance for the fact that the files are on PC (Word) and not MAC.   If a page number is wrong, or any of the information is erroneous or if I forgot any reference detail in the book, please let me know and I will correct it immediately.  

In any case, know that this tool will help you to advance your knowledge and save time.  

Happy researching!  

Julien Marchal (Montréal Québec/Canada janvier 2006).