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Encyclopedias, biographies, newspapers and more!

We subscribe to online information services and elearning for you to use free of charge in the library and in most cases, also from home

Screenshot of Newsstand on a mobile phoneOnline dictionaries and encyclopedias

Children's encyclopedias

Newspapers and magazines

Academic research

Biographies

Business information

Careers information

Comics and graphic novels

Consumer information from Which

Driving theory test

Family history and genealogy

History, art and music

Legal Information

Oxford University Press - Very Short Introductions

UK Citizenship

 

 Online dictionaries and encyclopedias

Britannica Library - adult Find reliable information from this comprehensive and accurate online encycolpedia Enter your library card number to login from home
Oxford Dictionaries Check definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing. Enter your library card number to login from home
The Oxford English Dictionary An in-depth guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words, past and present, from across the English-speaking world. Enter your library card number to login from home
Oxford Reference Oxford Reference spans 25 different subject areas with entries from Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. Good for checking a fact or finding key, trusted information on a person, concept or term. Enter your library card number to login from home

Children's encyclopedias

Britannica Library Junior An encyclopedia aimed at children of 5 to 11 years. There are lots of shorter articles which are great for homework. Includes educational games. Enter your library card number to login from home
Britannica Library Student

An encyclopedia aimed at students between the ages of 12 and 18 years.

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Newspapers and magazines

Current newspapers and magazines and archives from 1990s to present day

Library PressDisplay

Read today's papers. There are over 2,000 newspapers and magazines including weekly and daily publications in 60 different languages. Enter your library card number under 'barcode' to login from home
UK Newsstand Search for articles from current British national and regional newspapers, many with back files to the 1990s and earlier. The Financial Times, The Times and The Guardian and many other leading national and regional titles are included. Login from home using the UK Newsstand home access link

Online magazines

Zinio Read magazines online, browse our collection including Good Food, Ideal Home, Total Film, Future Music and many more.

Make a free account and start reading. You can use Zinio at home.

Historical newspapers

Times Digital Archive

Search the digital version of every issue of the Times newspaper (London) from 1785 to 2010.

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British Newspaper Archive

Regional historical newspapers from the British Library collection searchable by keyword, name, location, date or title.

In libraries only

You'll need to register when you first access the British Newspaper Archive. When you next log in this will allow access to the archive and to a personal 'My Research' area.

 Academic research

Access to Research Search for academic articles on topics including: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Please note the terms and conditions which appear after your initial search. You cannot download articles but you can print one copy of a chosen article.

In libraries only

Oxford Bibliographies

Authoritative research guides provide a pathway through the key scholarship on a topic, offering a trustworthy starting point for your research.

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You'll find further information on many subjects in Oxford Reference.

Biographies

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Find over 57,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the UK and Ireland and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2011. No living person is included. Enter your library card number to login from home
Who's Who? A directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide, published annually since 1849. Enter your library card number to login from home

Business information

MintUK Find business information, covering companies, news, directors and industry research. You can also create business to business mailing lists.

In Jubilee Library only

Careers information

eClips

Careers information containing over 1,000 jobs, careers and lifestyle topics. In Jubilee Library and Hove Library only. Ask a member of staff to log you in

Comics and graphic novels

ComicsPlus Library Edition

Thousands of graphic novels and comics from leading publishers including Dark Horse, IDW, Peanuts, Boom! and Dynamite. 

 

You can use ComicsPlus at home. Make a free account and start reading.
If you already subscribe to Zinio, you can use your Zinio account to access the ComicsPlus service.

Consumer information from Which

Which?

Access to reports, buying guides and Which? magazine's recent research. In libraries only. Ask staff to log you in
Which? Local

The where Which? members can recommend local service providers that they have used and rate them.

In libraries only. Ask staff to log you in

Driving

Theory Test Pro A realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.

The first time you use Theory Test Pro, you'll need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.

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 Family history and genealogy

Findmypast Family history and genealogy resource containing birth, marriage and death records, censuses, military records, and local newspapers. In libraries only

Ancestry

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

You can use the British Newspaper Archive to search regional newspapers for your ancestors. Birth, death and marriage records for Brighton & Hove are held by our register office.

History, art and music

John Johnson Collection

An archive of printed ephemera offering an insight into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Login from home with the John Johnson Collection home access link

Oxford Art Online

Search Grove Art Online and Oxford Art Reference in one location. The Benezit Dictionary of Artists is also included. Enter your library card number to login from home

Oxford Music Online

The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music,The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music and The Oxford Companion to Music. Enter your library card number to login from home

There is more information on history, art and music in Access to Research, Oxford Reference and Britannica.

Legal Information

Law & Rights Law & Rights is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain. In libraries only

Oxford University Press - Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions Concise introductions to 10 titles: Twentieth Century Britain, British Politics, Drugs, Contemporary Art, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, The Earth and Planets Enter your library card number to login from home

 

 UK citizenship

GoCitizen

An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. The service includes a 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.

 

The first time you use GoCitizen.co.uk, you'll need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows GoCitizen.co.uk to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test.

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