Libraries - online information resources

Online information resources, from Encyclopaedia Britannica to Who's Who, can be viewed from any library computer or from home with your library card.

Our resources can help you find out more about virtually any topic you might be interested in. Click the categories below to start discovering new information now. 

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Access to Research Access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Some article may only be available by viewing from a computer in our libraries (except Embsay-with-Eastby and Mashamshire community libraries).

The suppliers of Find My Past have informed us that temporary home access arrangements will be ending from 1 September 2021. Free access to Find My Past will be available on computers in libraries from that date.

Resource Description Search billions of records to find census data, vital records, directories, photos and more from countries all over the world. This resource is only available via computer in our libraries, except for Embsay-with-Eastby and Mashamshire Community Libraries.
Find My Past Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more. This resource is only available via computer in our libraries, except for Embsay-with-Eastby and Mashamshire Community Libraries.
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Grove Art Online Grove Art Online is the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. It features articles about a wide range of topics, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images from museums, galleries, and other arts organizations. 
Grove Music Online With over 60,000 articles written by over 6,000 music scholars, Grove Music Online is the authoritative resource for music research with an ongoing mission to chart the diverse history and cultures of music and musicians from around the globe.
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Explore the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. It offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by specialist authors.
Who's Who and Who Was Who Learn about noteworthy and influential people in every area of public life from around the world.
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COBRA - the Complete Business Reference Advisor Thinking of starting a business? COBRA has all the information you need to turn your idea into a reality.  Library members can find more than 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business.
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The British Way of Life An easy to use, comprehensive program to help new arrivals understand the British way of life.
Life in Great Britain This course helps prepare all applicants to take the British citizenship test.
Go Citizen An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.
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Which? Access to reports, buying guides and Which? magazine's recent research.  This resource can only be used in libraries. Please ask a member of staff to log you in.
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Oxford Dictionaries Find the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language or whether you're using it correctly. This a first point of reference and a guide to the language of today.
Oxford English Dictionary A historical dictionary that forms a record of all the core words and meanings in English from over more than 1,000 years, from Old English to the present day. It also includes obsolete and historical terms.
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Theory Test Pro A highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DVSA, the people who set the tests.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior (for ages five to 11) Get homework help and find information about people, browse timelines, and compare countries. The encyclopaedia covers most school subjects and has links to the CBBC news website.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student (for ages 12 to 18) View featured spotlights, search biographies and important events, find out what happened on different days and years, select your own birthday or other dates you want to explore and find out how to use the workspace to store information for topics and research.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (for ages 18+) Since 1768 Encyclopaedia Britannica has been the world's most famous and authoritative source of information, and is one of the most trusted sources of information on almost every topic imaginable.
GreenFILE GreenFILE is a free research database covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Oxford Reference Oxford Reference's millions of entries, many of which are illustrated, provide in-depth, specialized content from Oxford University Press encyclopedias and companions.
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Universal Skills Topics covered include help to apply for Universal Credit, basic computer skills, job hunting and employability skills.
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PressReader PressReader provides instant online access to today's newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in full-colour, full-page format and in over 60 languages.

This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. 

British Library Newspapers This full-text, fully searchable digital archive currently includes papers originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library and providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.
British Newspaper Archive Access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland. You can search hundreds of millions of articles by keyword, name, location, date or title. This resource is only available via computers in our libraries (except Embsay-with-Eastby and Mashamshire community libraries).
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Who else writes like...? A readers’ guide to fiction authors, designed to answer the perennial question "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?"
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Who next…? A guide to children’s authors for children who have already enjoyed stories by one writer to find other books by similar authors.