LEO Online German Dictionary
I have been working through a long German article this past week (which incidentally takes up almost the exact thesis I was considering for my dissertation) and I thought I would share a tool I have found invaluable – the LEO English-German dictionary. The front page is a little busy, but just type your word into the search box and you will get a wealth of information beyond a simple gloss. What I love are the idioms and common expressions as well as the example sentences which help you get a feel for the range of the word. Some technical terms have been missing, especially religious ones, but there is a forum where you can post your word to get help if you are really stuck.