Libraries - online information resources

Overview

Find good quality, reliable information in the library or at home, for free. You can log in to all our online resources from home using your library card number, unless stated otherwise. If you are not a member, find out how to join.

Access to Research

Access to Research gives free online access to over 10 million journal articles from 6,000 plus academic journals covering arts, humanities and sciences. You can search and preview from home, but reading the full article and printing (one copy only) is only available using a library public computer, and is for non-commercial use and private study.

Encyclopaedias and help with homework

Credo Reference - a great starting point for researching any subject with hundreds of reference books from well-known publishers. You will find images, maps, sound files, videos, a crossword solver and more - all in one searchable website.

Britannica Adult using a library public computer (ages 14 and up) - the full encyclopaedia plus journals, statistics, videos, images, timelines and more

Britannica Adult at home (ages 14 and up)

Britannica Student using a library public computer (ages 11 to 14)

Britannica Student at home (ages 11 to 14) Britannica Junior using a library public computer (ages 6 to 10)

Britannica Junior at home (ages 6 to 10)

Oxford Reference Online - reference books, dictionaries, maps, flags, images and timelines.

World Book- encyclopaedia for children and students with maps, pictures, videos and related websites.

Issues Online- reports, key facts and statistics on topical issues.

Dictionaries and languages

Oxford Dictionaries Premium - extensive resource for learning and using English correctly. Includes dictionaries, thesauruses, and expert advice on grammar, spelling, usage and style; plus specialist guides for creative, legal and technical writing.

Oxford English Dictionary - explore the history of the English language and its usage. Includes a crossword solver.

Family history

Instant access to a wide range of resources for searching your family history including birth, marriage and death records, UK censuses 1841 to 1911, military records, town and trade directories, school records, passenger lists and more!

Ancestry Library Edition - only available using a library public computer (Family Tree Maker is not available).

Find my Past - only available using a library public computer (living relatives is not available).

Credo Family History Resources - a guide to aid your genealogical research.

Biography and history

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography- biographies of over 55,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles, from earliest times to the recently deceased.

Who’s Who and Who Was Who - directory of the noteworthy and influential in every area of public life - from 1849 to the current year.

Times Digital Archive 1785 to 1985 - fully searchable, with photos, cartoons, sports results, personal notices and adverts.

Guardian and Observer Archive using a library public computer - 1791 to 2003 - fully searchable newspaper archives, including pictures and adverts.

Guardian and Observer Archive at home - 1791 to 2003 - fully searchable newspaper archives, including pictures and adverts.

The British Newspaper Archive - only available using a library public computer, millions of scanned local British newspaper pages from the early 1700s to the 1950s, you need to register with an email and password for unlimited access in the library.

UK Newsstand using a library public computer - archive of over 200 UK national and regional newspapers from 1990s to the present day.

UK Newsstand at home - archive of over 200 UK national and regional newspapers from 1990s to the present day.

Credo - First World War - guide to the First World War

Queen Victoria’s Journals - detailed diaries and drawings from 1832 until her death in 1901.

Newspapers and magazines

UK Newsstand using a library public computer - archive of over 200 UK national and regional newspapers and some magazines from 1990s to the present day. You can set up email alerts for your favourite topics.

UK Newsstand at home - archive of over 200 UK national and regional newspapers and some magazines from 1990’s to the present day. You can set up email alerts for your favourite topics.

The British Newspaper Archive - only available using a library public computer, millions of scanned local British newspaper pages from the early 1700s to the 1950s, you need to register with an email and password for unlimited access in the library.

Times Digital Archive (1785 to 1985) - fully searchable, with photos, cartoons, sports results, personal notices and adverts.

Guardian and Observer Archive using a library public computer - 1791 to 2003 - fully searchable newspaper archives, including pictures and adverts.

Guardian and Observer Archive at home - 1791 to 2003 - fully searchable newspaper archives, including pictures and adverts.

Which?

Which? Online - only available in Bracknell, Ascot Heath, Binfield, Crowthorne, Sandhurst and Whitegrove libraries - click on the 'Which Online?' link on the library computers desktop. Consumer magazine with test results, recommendations and advice.

Art, literature and music

Oxford Art Online - content from the Grove Dictionary of Art and Artists and other reference works covering all aspects of art and architecture. Includes a large image library.

Oxford Music Online - content from the Grove Dictionary of Music and other titles to give a wide coverage of all music genres and history.

Very Short Introductions to Literature - launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to authors, international literature and literary forms. Serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.

Consumer and legal information

Which?

Which? Online - only available in Bracknell, Ascot Heath, Binfield, Crowthorne, Sandhurst and Whitegrove libraries - click on the 'Which Online?' link on the library computer's desktop. Consumer magazine with test results, recommendations and advice.

Citizenship and driving theory tests

Pass your citizenship or driving test first time! You must first sign up with your email address and a name and password. Previous sessions are saved so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. Test questions can be translated into over 40 different languages and speech-enabled.

Go Citizen- prepare for the Life in the UK test British citizenship test using the latest official study materials and hundreds of practice test questions.

Theory Test Pro - online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for cars, motorcycles, large goods vehicles, and passenger carrying vehicles. Contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and online version of the Highway Code.

Job seeker tutorials

Bracknell Forest Libraries has a couple of online job seeker tutorials with useful websites and contacts for further information and advice:

Tablet tutorials

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