A-Z of electronic resources

Browse through all the eInformation reference resources.

*Available 24/7 from your computer, smartphone or tablet. You will need your library card number. If you are not a member of the library you can join online.

**Only available in libraries.


**Access to Research - Free access to published research from academic journals and conferences.

**Ancestry - Search your family history using a selection of UK censuses, parish records and other national and international databases.



BBC Webwise - Improve your digital skills.

**Bookdata - Database of book titles in print, forthcoming and recently out of print in the UK and Ireland.

**British Newspaper Archive - Regional historical newspapers from the British Library collection. You will first need to register with the British Newspaper Archive. When you next log in, you will be able to access the archive and a personal 'My Research' area.

BT directory enquiries


Clubs and societies - database of local organisations.

**COBRA - The Complete Business Reference Adviser for those looking to start a business, write a business plan or conduct market research.


*Dictionary of National Biography - Information on over 60,000 people from around the world who have helped to shape Britain's past.


*Encyclopaedia Britannica - The world famous encyclopaedia available in 3 versions:


Family Information Service - Search for childcare or family activities and support.

**Find My Past - Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive UK birth records, census data, obituaries and more. Please note that our subscription does not include access to the British Newspaper Archive. 


*Go Citizen - The British citizenship test study programme. You will need to sign up for an individual account to access this resource.


Google maps

Government Gateway - Register to use online government services. 


*Illustrated London News - The world's first illustrated weekly newspaper published from 1842.

*Issues Online - Provides a wide range of information on contemporary social issues, for example, alcoholism, discrimination and euthanasia.


Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)

*John Johnson Collection - A collection of ephemera from the Bodleian Library offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain.


Law & Business - Summarises statutes and statutory instruments that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Scotland and Wales. The legal regime is just part of understanding the business environment; funding, business support information and business regulation complete the picture.

Note: As from 30 June 2018 this resource will no longer be available.

*Law & Rights - Up-to-date summaries of UK social legislation, written in plain English.

Note: As from 30 June 2018 this resource will no longer be available.


Learn My Way - Free courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.

**London Gazette - Official, regulatory and legal information published every week day in the form of individual notices.


*MyWorkSearch - Online toolkit that helps jobseekers find job opportunities. Also contains a job finder and a CV builder. You will need to sign up in the library for an individual account to access this resource.


National Rail Enquiries - Find train times. 



*Oxford Dictionary of family names in Britain and Ireland - Provides definitions and historical usage of all surnames. It is available through Oxford Reference. You will need to sign in with your library card number when using this resource from home.

*Oxford Dictionaries - Dictionaries and thesauruses, expert advice on style, usage, grammar and spelling. Plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

*Oxford English Dictionary - The history of the English language and its usage.

*Oxford Reference - Over 100 reference works including dictionaries, quotations, thesauri, timelines, maps, flags and encyclopaedias.


Planning application maps

*PressReader - Access to over 7,000 UK and international digital newspapers and magazines for free.


RBdigital - Download eMagazines. Browse our collection including Good Food, Ideal Home, Total Film and many more.

Royal Mail - Find a postcode. 


**The Times - Access to The Times and the Sunday Times newspapers. (Available at Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lancing, Littlehampton, Shoreham, Storrington and Worthing libraries.)

*Theory Test Pro - A realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test questions licensed from the Driving Standards Agency. You will need to sign up for an individual account to access this resource. 

*Times Digital Archive - Contains every issue of The Times published between 1785 and 2012.


Universal Credit

Universal Jobmatch


**Which? Online - Access to reports, buying guides and recent research on consumer products.

*Who’s Who and Who Was Who - Directory of the noteworthy and influential, both in the UK and worldwide.


Yellow Pages

Last updated:
17 May 2018

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