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Online Reference Library

We subscribe to a number of online databases. These are available to library ticket holders of any library in Southend-on-Sea.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The online edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. You can only get remote access to Britannica Online if you are public library staff or a library member (personal use only). Any non-personal use is not allowed.

EBSCO Masterfile

An electronic database of thousands of magazines. Articles are either available in full text or as an abstract.

Go Citizen

A great online study resource if you are preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.

Newsbank

Full text newspaper articles from national and Essex newspapers.

Oxford Online Collection

Please use the links below to access all of the Oxford University Press online databases. Use the Library Card login option and type your library card number.

  • Dictionary of National Biography - Biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles.
  • OED Online - The fully updated online edition of the multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Oxford Reference - A wide ranging collection of reference works from literature to science, encyclopedias and bilingual dictionaries.
  • Oxford Dictionaries - A combination of a dictionary, thesaurus and grammar resource. This includes Spanish dictionaries.
  • Who's Who and Who Was Who - the online edition of Who's Who in 2018  and Who Was Who.

Oxford Bibliographies - British and Irish Literature & Victorian Literature

American National Biography Online - Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.

Very Short Introductions: Public Library Starter pack  - the perfect way to become an expert in a new subject, fast. With this online resource, you can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a topic with ease.

Theory Test Pro

An online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the Driving Standards Agency.

Ancestry Library Edition

A family history resource covering the UK and a number of other countries including USA, Australia, many European countries and many more. Ancestry Library Edition is only available on public computers within any Southend Library. Please visit a branch near you to access this service.

Page last updated: 05/04/2018