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Online Reference Resources

online reference resources

All the services listed below can be accessed free from your library.  You can also access many of them free from your own computer by typing in your library membership number from your Flintshire library card where requested.  Services offered may vary occasionally due to changing contractual arrangements.

Gale Databases provides access to The Times since 1785 and a variety of regional newspapers for the nineteenth century. 

Welsh Newspapers Online 
1,000,000 pages of Welsh history to 1910 free and online.

The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera from Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.  Categories include 19thC Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions.

Who Else Writes Like…? 
Designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read, 'Who Else Writes Like' answers the perennial question 'I've read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?'

Who Next…? 
When children ask 'Who can I read next?' or 'Who writes like my favourite author?' Who Next…?' can help. Writers of children's fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online brings together the world-renowned content of the encyclopedia, with the speed and convenience of the Internet.

Oxford Reference Online is a collection of over 100 dictionaries and reference works from Oxford University Press.

Oxford English Dictionary the world's most authoritative dictionary on the history and development of the English language since 1150.

Oxford Dictionaries Premium offers quick search access to definitions of English words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography information about the lives of 50,000 men and women who have contributed to the history of the British Isles.

Theory Test Pro provides a realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test.  It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.

The services below are not available directly via these web pages.  They are free only in your library:

Access to Research provides free access to a wide range of academic articles and research.  Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Ancestry Library Edition gives access to Census information from 1841 to 1911 and to Birth, Death and Marriage indexes. 

European Sources Online focuses on the European Union, the countries of Europe and on the issues of concern to students and researchers in the Europe of today. 

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