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Online information resources

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.

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Access to research (academic journals)

Access to Research gives free online access to over 10 million journal articles from more than 6,000 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. This is for non-commercial use and private study.

Encyclopaedias and help with homework

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 - 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.

American National Biography – over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.

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

European Newsstream - using a library public computer - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

European Newsstream - at home - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

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

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

Newspapers and magazines

European Newsstream - using a library public computer - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day. You can set up email alerts for your favourite topics.

European Newsstream - at home - full text access to over 430 archived, searchable European and UK national and regional newspapers, newswires and journals from the 1990s to the present day.

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

Literature

Very Short Introductions to Literature - concise introductions to authors, international literature and literary forms.

Consumer and legal information

Which? Online - Consumer magazine with test results, recommendations and advice.

Which? Online is available at the following libraries:

  • Bracknell
  • Crowthorne
  • Sandhurst

Click on the 'Which Online?' link on the library computer's desktop.

Tablet tutorials

e-newspapers and e-magazines

We provide free access to thousands of digital magazines and e-newspapers on your PC, tablet or smartphone using PressReader or RBdigital.

More information is available on our e-newspapers and e-magazines page.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Libraries

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