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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Oxford Bibliographies Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.
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.
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Ancestry.com 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 computers in our 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 computers in our 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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Life in Great Britain This course helps prepare all applicants to take the British citizenship test.
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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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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.
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.
Very Short Introductions

Discover a new topic with these introductions including planets, nutrition and contemporary art.

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Universal Skills The topics are covered help you learn basic IT skills, how to create a CV and cover letter and how to search for jobs online.
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Newsstream Newsstream delivers news from hundreds of national and regional newspapers, including current and back copies.
19th Century British Library Newspapers Database 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.