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NEW Discover a world of published academic research at your local library.
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Biography

The Oxford DNB Online - Biographies of famous historical figures. Explore Leicestershire lives on Oxford DNB.
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Who's Who 2014 and Who Was Who - Biographies of people
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Books and Authors

Nielsen BookData Online - Search over 2 million book titles.

Who Else Writes Like - Search for other authors who write similar books.
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Who Next....? When children ask: 'Who can I read next?' or 'Who writes like my favourite author?' find the answers here.
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Other useful web links for books and authors:

British Citizenship

GoCitizen.co.uk is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or the British citizenship test.
  • Sign up for FREE by filling in the short form (You need an email address. Please ask library staff if you require an email address).
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  • Start using it

Business Information

  • Business titles from Oxford Reference Online. You will need a library card to access this resource.
  • COBRA complete business reference advisor.
Free resources on the Internet

Consumer Information

Please ask a member of library staff if you need information from this website. We have a limited subscription to Which Online and therefore you may not be able to view all the Which reports.

UK Advice Finder: Library Access  I  Home Access            
Which? 160 Letters That Get Results: Library Access  I  Home Access
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Dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary Online - Find meanings, help solve crossword puzzles, check New words added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Oxford Dictionaries Pro
  • Up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses and language reference content
  • Quick search access to definitions of words, phrases and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar and spelling.

Driving Theory Test

Theory Test Pro is an online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories.
  • To sign into Theory Test Pro visit: Driving Theory Test Centre
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Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica
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Special  Spotlight for Primary School children on the respiratory system..
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Family history

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)  Library Access Only
Find My Past Library Edition  Library Access Only
  • Access UK Census records
  • Access military and armed forces records
  • Access emmigration records
  • Plus access to many other records

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General Knowledge / Homework

Issues Online - a resource for homework topics such as drugs, abortion and smoking.
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Study Skills: For school and college students

Oxford Reference Online - a collection of over 200 reference titles
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KnowUK - over 100 key reference titles such as Whitakers Almanac, Ask Hollis, Rough Guides, Which Guides.
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Health

Food & Drink - a selection of online reference titles from Oxford Reference Online.
Library Access
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Health & Welfare - a selection of titles from KnowUK such as Care Homes Directory and Welfare Benefits Handbook.
Library Access
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Medicine - a selection of online reference titles from Oxford Reference Online.
Library Access
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Local history

British Newspaper Archive: Community Edition   Library Access Only
Register on the website with a valid email address and password and then any time you use these details to log onto the website at a Leicestershire Library, access will be free.
Here is a short guide to help you get started.
Free web-based resources
British History Online - This website contains both free content and subscribers content. Leicestershire Library Service does not subscribe to subscribers content.  A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Connected Histories - British History Sources, 1500-1900:  access to digital resources relating to early modern and nineteenth century Britain
England - Leicestershire: 018/NW', Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 - Epoch 1 -  The County Series of Ordnance Survey maps for Great Britain. Began in 1840, this is the first comprehensive historic mapping of England, Scotland and Wales.
Leicestershire Historical Directories - A searchable digital library of Local & Trade Directories for England & Wales from 1750 to 1919...
My Leicestershire - A free and fully searchable online repository of photographs, films, sound recordings, and books about the history of Leicester and Leicestershire.
The Victoria County History of England - The VCH is the acknowledged national resource for those beginning work in local history.
Type Leicestershire in the search box to find a full list of local history resources for Leicestershire.

Newspapers & Magazines

The UK Newsstand

The UK Newsstand is a newspaper database which has over 160 newspapers both national and regional. You can also search a selection of journals including New Statesmen and The Spectator. Back issues can be searched and you can set up email alerts for your favourite topics. Use the link below to access UK Newsstand database:
Library Access
Home Access - Enter letters LCC followed by your library card number.
Visit our Local Studies Resources web page to view listing of historical newspapers held by libraries and see our Local History section above for a link to the British Newspaper Archive.

Planning and Building Regulations

Social History

The John Johnson Collection - Printed Ephemera from 1882-1956 giving a unique insight into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain.
Library Access only
British Film Institute Screenonline - access and view film and television clips.

Virtual Reference Library

BioMed Central's Open Access Journals:

Scholar Google
Official Government Information
The British Library Help for Researchers
A-Z listing of web-based general reference sources

Page Last Updated: 3 October 2014