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Libraries resources

Access to Research

Access to Research – free access to over 1.5 million articles from more than 8,400 high-quality journals and conference proceedings on art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Access in libraries.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition – documents on family history and genealogy, including census returns, lists, birth, death, and marriage records; military records, immigration records, ships’ passenger lists; and more. Access in libraries.

Berg Fashion Library

Berg Fashion Library – world dress and fashion from prehistory to the present day. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

The British Way of Life

The British Way of Life – helping new arrivals understand the British way of life. Includes the different types of visa, finding a job, pre-school for children, further adult education, the communication network and more. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference – high quality encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauruses, books of quotations, and more. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Driving Theory Test Pro

Driving Theory Test Pro – practise the official driving theory tests, hazard perception clips and highway code. Requires a valid email address to sign up. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica – articles, biographies, videos, images, and websites from three age-specific versions. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

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GoCitizen – online course for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship Test. Includes the latest official study material from the Home Office, plus hundreds of practice questions. Access in libraries or from home with library card. You need a valid email address to sign up to the course.

Issues Online

Issues Online – high-quality articles on social issues such as crime and justice, drugs and alcohol, health and wellbeing. Includes key facts, statistics, and assignment suggestions. Access within libraries or from home with library card.

Life in Great Britain

Life in Great Britain – learn at your own pace and take mock tests to help you prepare for the official Life in the UK Citizenship Test.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online – everything you need to know about visual art worldwide from pre-history to the present day.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online

Oxford Biblical Studies Online – a comprehensive resource for studying the Bible and biblical history with information on background, context, meaning, and related issues.

Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies – research guides on Victorian literature and British and Irish literature.

Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries – access English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish dictionaries and thesauri. Includes language reference, grammar, spelling, pronunciation, correct usage and style, and translation. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) – explore the lives of famous people and groups that shaped all aspects of British history from the Romans to the 21st Century. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. Access in libraries without library card.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online – a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam. Provides analysis on global Islamic history, beliefs, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online – a wealth of information on the world of music. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference – access to the full text of over 200 dictionaries, language reference titles, and subject reference works. Access in libraries or from home with library card.


PressReader – read full digital copies of thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world in a variety of languages. Just like reading the print edition, you can browse articles, images, adverts, and crossword puzzles. You can also zoom in on articles, translate, share, print, or listen to them on the go. There are many ways of accessing this service, in the library with our Wi-Fi, on our library PCs, or at home on your smartphone and tablet with either your browser or the free PressReader App from your app store.

Universal Skills

Universal Skills – step-by-step guides to Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit, employability and job skills (basic computer skills, online job skills, CVs and cover letters, application forms, interview techniques), and much more. Name and library card number required to sign up. Access within libraries or from home.

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions – concise introductions to a diverse range of topics. The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly or to fill a gap in knowledge. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Which? Online

Access full reports from the popular consumer advice magazine. Reviews and advice cover a wide range of products and services. Available in libraries – please ask a member of staff to log you in.

Who’s Who and Who Was Who

Who’s Who and Who Was Who list noteworthy and influential people from all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide from 1898 onwards. Access in libraries or from home with library card.

Page updated on: 5 November 2019

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E8 1GQ


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