Encyclopaedias, dictionaries and general reference

A range of encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and reference works.

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.

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Britannica Online

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

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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 from home.

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Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries tells you how you should be using English today, offering correct spellings, definitions, & alternative words you can use. It also includes expert guidance on writing styles, usage & grammar and specialist guides for legal and technical writing. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in from home.

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Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive dictionary of the English language, tracing the history, origin, and meaning of more than 600,000 words through time. Prefix your library card number with 'L' when logging in from home.

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Oxford Reference Online

Over 170 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in from home.

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Who's Who and Who Was 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. Prefix your library card number with "L" when logging in from home.

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