eResources, Research and Reference

All of these services can be access from within a library or from home, unless specified otherwise.

To see services for Businesses at The Hive, visit the Business Resources page.

Access to Research

Discover a world of published academic research at your local library. Access to Research gives free, walk-in access to over 10million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK. Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Worcestershire is a participating authority and you can view many full text articles on site.

Login to your account in the Access to Research section. - Library Edition

From a library computer, discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more – all for free!

Visit: Ancestry - Library Edition

British Standards Online (BSOL)

As part of WCC's commitment to offering value for money, the Libraries & Learning Service regularly reviews the services and subscriptions on offer at our libraries. Following a consultation, and taking into account the cost of the service and the number of people using it, the decision has been taken to no longer offer free access to BSOL. Unfortunately we can no longer justify the high cost of this subscription and it is not practical nor cost effective to offer this service on a pay-per-view basis. British Standards can still be purchased via the BSI Group website.

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COBRA – The Complete Business Reference Adviser

COBRA contains around 4000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, and sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 different types of business.

Visit: COBRA

This database is available on the ‘Business Research Databases’ in The Hive Business Centre on level 2. Login to the PC as normal and then select the COBRA icon. Access provided courtesy of The Hive partnership with Worcestershire County Council.

Credo Literati

A one-stop reference source for all of your course-related and everyday life research needs. Literati provides simple access to full-text reference books from the world's best publishers as well as a seamless connection to your library resources.

A range of helpful tools and support simplifies access to a wealth of information and knowledge, for all levels of learners, whether at school, college, University or everyday life.

Visit: Credo Literati

EBSCO Resources

EBSCO is a powerful online reference system. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers, including:

  • Green FILE (Environment & Conservation)
  • LISTA (Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts™)
  • Teacher Reference Centre (Education).

    Visit: EBSCO

    Note: To access this site outside of libraries please type WOR before your library card number.

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support the local business community. Access business support and business information.

    Visit: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

    Oxford University Press


    Note: When accessing this service please type WOR before your library card number.

    The Times Digital Archive: covering the years 1785 - 1985.

    Visit: Times Digital Archive

    Note: Use this link when accessing the Times Digital Archive for the Artemis Primary Sources platform.

    When accessing this service please type a capital R before typing in your borrower number.