Online reference services

Online reference services

There are a variety of digital resources accessible either at home or in libraries.

Available from home or in a library

Below are the resources that can be accessed from home or in a library.

Credo Reference

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An online non-fiction library available at the touch of a button! The ideal e-resource to support home learning for students of all ages. A gateway to a wide range of trusted reference and research sources including 1300 plus encyclopaedias and non-fiction titles, 500,000 images, 1900 plus videos and animations.

Access Credo using your library membership details

Watch this Credo online overview

Watch an online tutorial

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

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Library members can access COBRA from home whilst libraries are closed.

An online business reference library, containing factsheets, contacts, key market issues and trends, sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 different types of business.

Access COBRA using your library membership number

Watch this COBRA online tutorial



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A powerful reference system compiling a wealth of research databases, e-journals and information including Green FILE (Environment & Conservation), LISTA (Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts and Teacher Reference Centre (Education)

Access EBSCO using your library membership number

Please note you will need to input the capital letter R before your library number. For example R12345678.

Oxford university press


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To access the OUP resources simply click on the links below and input WOR followed by your library card number (for example WOR12345678):

  • The Oxford English dictionary is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 words – past and present.

Access the Oxford English dictionary

  • The Oxford dictionary of national biography is an illustrated collection of 56,000 men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain’s past, from the 4th Century BC (not including people still living).

Access the Oxford dictionary of national biography

  • The Oxford reference online provides fast access to information on ever subject from art to zoology using over 175 different reference works in one database.

Access the Oxford reference online

The Times digital archive 1785 to 2014


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A highly regarded online resources of over 12 million news articles provided by The Times over the last 200 years, since its creation in 1785.

Access The Times Digital Archives

Watch this Times Digital Archives guide

Please note you will need to input the capital letter R before your library number. For example R12345678.

Accessible in libraries only

Below are the resources that can be accessed only in libraries.

Access to Research

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Free, walk-in access to over 10 million academic articles.

You can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free.

You will need your library card and pin number.

Access to Research

Ancestry Institution Edition

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The genealogy resource is a great place to research your family history and access billions of records from census data, directories, photographs and family trees.

Visit the Ancestry Institution Edition

British Film Institute (BFI) Replay

BFI Replay is a new, free-to-access, digital archive from the BFI (British Film Institute), exclusively available in UK public lending libraries.

Thousands of digitised videos and television programmes from the BFI National Archive and partner UK regions and nations film archives are available to browse and enjoy, research or study – with some familiar and memorable, others rare and unseen for decades.

Access BFI Replay


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The online research tool for trusted product reviews and recommendations.

Please speak with a member of library staff to access.

Access Which?

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