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Most services are available from outside library premises apart from Find My Past, British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research (abstracts can be viewed but full articles can only be seen in libraries).

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Access to Research

Free access to a wide range of academic articles and research. You can view article abstracts from home but the full article is only available from library premises.

Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

American National Biography

Biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.

Dictionary of National Biography

Over 60,000 biographies, portraits of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.


Cobra is web based and stands for Complete Business Resource Advisor.

Packed with information about setting up in business, including area profiles, fact sheets and signposting to the key sources of help and support in your field. It’s also great for researching which qualifications are required for a particular career.

Find My Past 

Free to use in library premises only.

Research your ancestors using census, birth, marriage, death, military and many more useful records.

Times Digital Archive  

The Times newspaper from 1755.

British Newspaper Archive    

From library premises only

19th and 20th Century local newspapers from Britain and Ireland.


Oxford Music Online

The authoritative resource for music research with over 51,000 articles covering the diverse history and cultures of music around the globe



Oxford English Dictionary

The accepted authority on the English language. It is a comprehensive guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from across the English-speaking world.


Oxford Bibliographies

British and Irish Literature, Victorian Literature.


Very Short Introductions

Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.

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