Free online resources
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Resources only accessible at Your Library
These resources are free to use, but can only be accessed at Your Library.
Access to Research Periodicals
Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles covering such topics as Art and Architecture, Business, Environmental Science, History, Journalism, Languages, Politics, Film, Philosophy and Religion, Mathematics and Physics.
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
Theory Test Pro
Practise 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
Findmypast - Staffordshire Collection
Findmypast is one of the leading family history resources on the internet. The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service has partnered with Findmypast to make some of the most popular Staffordshire sources available online. Currently available are the Staffordshire Parish Registers (Church of England), 1538-1900, containing around 4 million records. Further resources are 'in the pipeline' and will be made available soon, so watch this space.
Resources you can view from home or in the library
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.
NewsBank gives access to UK and Ireland newspapers from 1982. Full-text content of local and regional newspapers are provided on an easy-to-search database.
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.
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.
Download, for free, two respected guides to current thinking: Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature, written and reviewed by experts, and with original commentary and annotations.
Very Short Introductions
This online resource provides the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. You can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a particular subject. With your library card, you can access ten of these for free.