Reference online A-Z list

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

Reference Online is available 24 hours a day, all year round and contains information on a variety of subjects from encyclopaedias to music, biography and news. 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

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

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How to access Ancestry from home

In response to the current situation, library members now have temporary access to this fantastic family history resource. Access will be reviewed periodically by our providers.

Sign in through your library account with your membership number and PIN. If you are not a member, you can apply to join online.

Britannica online

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

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British Library 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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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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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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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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MintUK is a leading company information database from Bureau van Dijk providing detailed financial and contact details and intelligence for business in the United Kingdom. MintUK brochure (pdf format, 832Kb).

MintUK is only available to personal customers in Oxfordshire County Library. Ask at the second floor desk to log you in.

If you can’t visit but would like to use MintUK or find out more, please contact our Enquiry Service.

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, 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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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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Newsquest Digital Newspaper Archive

Oxfordshire newspapers from December 2002. Titles include:

  • Abingdon Herald
  • Banbury Cake
  • Bicester Advertiser
  • Didcot Herald
  • Oxford Mail
  • Oxford Star
  • Oxford Times
  • Wallingford Herald
  • Wantage Herald
  • Witney Gazette

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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 2012.

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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.

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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.

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Oxford Music Online

The complete online version of ‘Grove’s Music and Musicians’ with information on classical music, world music, pop and jazz.

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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.

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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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RBdigital Magazines

RBdigital gives you free access to the latest magazines, including The Economist, BBC History, BBC Music, Gramophone, and What Car. Every title is provided in high resolution format identical to those in the newsagents, available on your PC or through the RBdigital

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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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Tense Buster

Practise and improve your English language skills with this eLearning course. Tense Buster can test your level and help build confidence in your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. You can create a simple account to keep track of your progress, or just practise.

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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 1785-2013

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

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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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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.

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