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Oxford Dictionaries Pro
With up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content based on the largest language research programme in the world, Oxford Dictionaries Pro is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.
Who’s Who and Who Was Who
Who’s Who is the essential directory of noteworthy and influential people from all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide, and Who Was Who features over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who’s Who dating back to 1897: the definitive roll-call of the last 100 years of British history.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford DNB is a collection of more than 57,000 biographies, describing the lives of people who shaped the history of Britian and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
The OED Online has recently been updated with a new look and several new features. The core of the site is still the 600,000 definitions and uses of words, but the website now features word timelines, an historical thesaurus and pages on the OED's most-cited authors and texts – offering an insight into those who have shaped the English language.
Oxford Reference Online
With Oxford Reference Online you can find a wealth of facts, figures, definitions and translations from more than 175 Oxford reference titles, including the acclaimed Oxford Companions series, and all 20,000 entries from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
Newsstand is an online service developed by Proquest database to provide international, national and regional news, combining the most popular British newspaper titles in one database.
Get your enquiries answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This live question and answer service works like instant messaging, allowing you to put your questions to trained staff from all over the world at any time of the day or night.
This is an authoritative database of authors and all the books published within a set series of books. You will need your library card to log-in to this site.
Resources accessible at Your Library
These resources are free to use, but can only be accessed at Your Library.
Theory Test Pro
Practice your driving theory test using Theory Test Pro. It contains the official practice 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, the people who set the tests.
When you first use it, you will 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.
Ancestry - Library Edition
Ancestry is the leading genealogy resource on the internet and is packed full of records, as well as hints and tips to help you trace your family history, whether you are from Staffordshire or beyond.
Records recently added to Ancestry:
England and Wales National Probate Calendar 1861-1941
Return of Owners of Land 1873 for England and Wales
Registers of coroners inquests for New South Wales, Australia 1796 -1947
UK Naval medals 1793 -1972
Military campaign medal award rolls 1914 -1949
World War II prisoners of the Japanese
GoCitizen is a study resource for people preparing for the Life in the UK test or British Citizenship test. It has 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. When you first use it, you will need to register with your name, email address and password.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos is the world's leading classical music label. You can listen to over 170,000 tracks for free. To log-in, simply enter your card number in the passcode box.
British Standards Online
You can locate and view British, European and International standards using British Standards Online. It is updated daily,offering a wealth of information in a wide range of fields.
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