News, magazines and research

A range of current and historic newspapers, magazines, and access to academic research.

Reference Online is available 24 hours a day, all year round and contains information on a variety of subjects including music, biography, news and essential reference. 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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PressReader gives you access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines. Explore titles such as The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Beano, The Week Junior, Red, El Pais and The Washington Post

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OverDrive magazines

RBdigital has moved to OverDrive Magazines.

OverDrive gives you free access to the latest magazines, including The Economist, Gardener’s World, Mojo, What Car? and Computer Active. Every title is provided in high-res format identical to those in the newsagents, available on your PC or through the Libby App.

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The full-text of UK national newspapers and selected local and regional newspapers, including some Oxfordshire titles.

Coverage start dates vary for each title with some starting in 1980s - and most continuing to the current edition. The Oxford Mail and Oxford Times coverage is 2007 to the current edition.

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Product reviews and trusted independent advice on consumer issues. Online Which? access is only available in libraries that have printed subscriptions. Find a library.

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Historical newspapers

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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British Library Nineteenth Century Newspapers

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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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.

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The Times Digital Archive 1785-2013

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

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The John Johnson Collection

This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

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