Reference online - A-Z list

Free access to a wide range of online reference materials at home or in Oxfordshire libraries.

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Reference Online is available 24 hours a day, all year round and contains information on a variety of subjects from encyclopaedias to music, biography, news and art. All you need to do is enter your library membership number - the nine-digit number without spaces - after clicking on each title. If you are not already a member you can join the library online.

 

 

 

Access to Research

Free access to published research from academic journals and conference proceedings

Access in libraries only.

 
 
Ancestry library

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family tree using the UK Census information; birth, marriage and death records; and parish and probate records.

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Britannica Online

Britannica Online

The world famous encyclopaedia now in three editions for children, students and the full library edition.

Access in libraries:

Junior: For ages 5-11 Student: For ages 11-18  Encyclopaedia Britannica: For ages 18+

 

Access at home:

Junior: For ages 5-11   Student: For ages 11-18  Encyclopaedia Britannica: For ages 18+

 

 

British Library Newspapers Collection

Of great interest to local and family historians, this collection contains 71 regional and local newspapers (including Jackson's Oxford Journal) of nineteenth century Britain.

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British Newspapers Archive

The BNA contains 40 million newspaper pages from the 1800s right up to 1999. Filter your search by time period, region or place or publication. Only available in libraries - register here for a BNA account

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Credo Reference

Credo Reference

A reference collection of 150 books, cross-referencing across topics and titles.

 
Cobra - the complete business reference advisor

Cobra - the Complete Business Reference Advisor

Fact sheets, opportunity profiles and essential information for the small business.

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Find My Past

Find My Past

Family history and genealogy resource containing birth, marriage and death records, censuses, military records, and local newspapers.

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Go Citizen

Prepare for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test with official study materials plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. To track your progress create an account here.

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Grove Art Online

Grove Art Online

Thousands of pages of information about art and artists including many images. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in.

Access at home or in libraries.

 
Grove Music Online

Grove Music Online

The complete online version of ‘Grove’s Music and Musicians’ with information on classical music, world music, pop and jazz. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in.

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Know UK logo

KnowUK

KnowUK offers the most comprehensive service of its kind, giving online access to key information about people, government, institutions and organisations.

Access at home or in libraries.

Litfinder

Litfinder

Contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, short stories, speeches, and plays throughout history.

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MintUK

MintUK is a leading resource providing detailed financial breakdowns, liability information and Director contact details for every company in the United Kingdom. Only available in Oxford Central Library. Ask the Librarian at the second floor Reference Desk to log you in.

Access in Central Library only.

 

Mango Languages

Mango Language Courses allow you to learn languages online (including French, German, Mandarin Chinese & Spanish!). Track your progress by registering for an account.

Access in libraries.

Access at home.

 

National Geographic Archive

Access current and past issues of National Geographic back to October 1888. Browse by magazine issue, or search for particular images by keyword

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Naxos

Naxos Music Library

Listen to whole discs or individual tracks of genres including classical, jazz, blues, and world music through this streaming service. Choose from over 60,000 CDs. Enter your library card number in the Passcode box at the top left hand of the page.

Naxos Music Library App for Android & iPhone

Naxos provide an app which allows library members to access Naxos Music Library from their Android or Apple mobile device using either WiFi connections or your data plan. To use the app, follow these steps:

  1. Find and download the NML app (via Google Play, iStore, etc.)
  2. Login into Naxos Music Library via the link on www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/referenceonline, and enter your borrower number.
  3. Click on Playlist.
  4. Click on Sign Up and register (the username and password you create will be used within the app. You cannot use your library card to log into the app).
  5. You can create a playlist within the Naxos Music library website OR just log in to the app and search, browse and stream.


Naxos have also created a Youtube tutorial to guide you through these steps.

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Newsquest

Newsquest Digital Newspaper Archive

Oxfordshire newspapers from December 2002. Titles include the Abingdon Herald, Banbury Cake, Bicester Advertiser, Didcot Herald, Oxford Mail, Oxford Star, Oxford Times, Wallingford Herald, Wantage Herald and Witney Gazette.

Access in libraries only.

 
 
UK Newsstand

Newsstand

Newsstand is an online gateway to full text articles in over 170 national and regional newspaper titles. Download the current title list (xls format, 47 KB).

Access in libraries.

Access at home.

 

Official Publications Online

The London Gazette - an official journal of record since 1665 published by the TSO. Also included are the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes.

Access in libraries only.

 
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The nation’s authoritative biographical source of 55,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2003. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in.

Access at home or in libraries (click Subscribers enter here).

 
Credo Reference

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Access at home or in libraries.

 
Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive dictionary of the English language. Prefix your library card number with 'L' when logging in.

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Oxford Reference Online Premium

Oxford Reference Online

Over 170 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

Access at home or in libraries.

Road to IELTS

Press Display

PressDisplay offers the current edition of newspapers from across the world, in their original formats. You can search for papers and stories by keyword or browse publications by language or country of publication.

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Public Information Online

Public Information Online

Public Information Online offers a centralised online depository for key government information, including the latest editions of Hansard, an advanced search function, and a Bill Tracker which can show all debates and papers connected to specific items of legislation going through Parliament.

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Rock's Back Pages

Rock's Back Pages

The ultimate archive of music journalism... OVER 20,000 CLASSIC ARTICLES on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years. To access the library please enter your library card number in the 'Login via your library' section on the left of the page.

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Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS

Prepare for IELTS with over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types as well as downloadable practice tests.

Access at home or in libraries:

Road to IELTS General Modules (aimed at Band Scores around 4.5 - 5.5).

Road to IELTS Academic Modules (aimed at Band Scores around 5.0 - 6.0).

 
Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. Create an account to use the resource.

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The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007

The complete Times newspaper in facsimile. Fully searchable – a fascinating record of 200 years of world news coverage.

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Which

Which

Product reviews and trusted independent advice on consumer issues. Online Which? access is only available in libraries that have printed subscriptions - download this pdf to see which libraries subscribe (pdf format, 8KB). Please ask staff to log you in.

Access in libraries only.

 
Who Else Writes Like...?

Who Else Writes Like...?

The online version of the book Who else writes like...?. It is designed to help readers who have read all the books by their favourite authors and are seeking new names to try.

Access in libraries.

Access at home.

 
 
Who's Who

Who's Who

Who’s Who: the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide, published annually since 1849.

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Oxfordshire Libraries Answers Direct

A new countywide service from Oxfordshire Libraries, aiming to provide a quick response to information enquiries by phone, letter or email for everyone in Oxfordshire. Visit Answers Direct.

Last reviewed
16 May 2013
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