Online Reference Resources
As a registered library member, once you have logged into “my account”, you will be able to have FREE access to all the following online resources:
19th Century Newspapers
Full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. Every front page, editorial, birth and death notice, advertisement and classified ad that appeared within their pages for the time period available will be easily accessible from what is a virtual chronicle of History
for this period. Users of the database will be able to search every word on every page.
A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues. With more than sixty topics to choose from, Issues Online provides a wide range of information including: articles with News
and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides and glossaries plus assignment/debate suggestions. Topics include: Crime and Justice, Drugs and Alchohol, Ecomomics and Welfare, Environmental and Global Issues, Family and Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and more...
Welcome to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Library Edition. Use this powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
Who's Who is the leading source of up-to-date information about over 33,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide. Containing autobiographical listings of people from around the globe who have an impact on British life, including senior politicians, judges, civil servants, and notable figures from the arts, academia, and other areas, it is seen as one of the world's most recognised and respected works of reference.
Oxford Art Online
The most extensive, authoritative and easily searchable online art resource available today.
Oxford Music Online
The most extensive and easily searchable online music resource available, a virtual music library of unparalleled scope and depth.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies
An illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, History
, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.
Oxford Dictionaries Pro
This is your destination whenever you need language guidance: every time you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language, or whether you’re using it correctly. It’s your first point of reference and your guide to the language of today.
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.
Wirral libraries offer FREE access to Ancestry.com. The website has more family History
records online than anyone else, to help you find your long lost relatives.
This is only available on public computers within our libraries.
Pass the Life in the UK Test on your first attempt
GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. This is a comprehensive and proven study package. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.