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General reference

Access to research

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Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles from a huge range of journals. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

Britannica online

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Online version of the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Also available in Encyclopedia Britannica Junior (for pupils age 5-11) and Encyclopedia Britannica Student (for students age 12-18).

Credo Reference

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Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos. Ideal for research projects and homework.

Dictionary of National Biography

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An illustrated collection of biographies of over 55,000 men and women who shaped Britain, from earliest times to present.

Go Citizen

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Prepare for the Life in the UK test or British Citizenship test with the latest official study materials, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Information4living

National and local sources of information to support critical aspects of your life – such as your health and wellbeing, money, benefits or work.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro

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Definitions of words and phrases with expert guidance on style, usage, grammar and spelling.

Oxford English Dictionary

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The definitive English dictionary that lists the meanings, history and pronunciation of over 500,000 English words.

Oxford Reference Online

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A selection of searchable reference titles on a variety of subjects. Includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and books of quotations.

Theory test pro

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Practise the official UK theory driving test for cars and motorcycles. Available in over 60 languages.

Which?

(In libraries only).
Read the latest Which? magazine products and services reviews. Ask a member of staff to login.

Who's who and who was who?

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A huge range of short biographies of noteworthy and influential people.

Family history

Ancestry

(Only in libraries).
Research your family history.

Find my past

(Only in libraries).
Research your family history.

Hertfordshire names online

Access many of our indexes to local and family history sources, such as pre-1837 marriages, wills, newspapers and magazines, tithe awards and records about the poor.

Literature and music

Naxos Music Library

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Streaming music website, focusing on classical music, also with jazz, world music and classic rock.

Our licence allows for 10 users to have access at the same time. If access is denied, please try again at a later time.

Oxford Bibliographies

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Studying British and Irish Literature or Victorian Literature? Find trusted and peer reviewed sources of information from expert scholars.

Who else writes like?

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Find an author whose books you like and see which other writers are recommended. You can also browse by genre or explore prize winners.

Newspapers and magazines

Press Reader

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Read over 4000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.

By default, your full name is visible to other Hertfordshire customers on PressReader. You can change your user name and edit your privacy settings.

RBDigital magazines

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Read more than 120 popular magazines, all in full colour.


British Library Newspapers

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Full runs of 48 influential British national and regional newspapers.


British Newspaper Archive

(Only in libraries).
100s of local and regional UK newspapers from 19th and 20th century. You'll need to create an account but you'll have free unlimited credits when you use this in the library.

Newsstand

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A collection of 1000s of national, international and local newspapers, including all UK broadsheets and tabloids.


The Illustrated London News 1842 - 2003

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Access the entire 160 year run of the newspaper with 260,000 searchable pages and more than 1.5 million high quality colour images.


The John Johnson Collection

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An archive of programmes, playbills, prospectuses, popular prints and advertising materials from 18th, 19th and early 20th century.

Sunday Times Historical Archive 1822 - 2006

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Search or browse 600,000 pages of this historic newspaper. Articles are searchable.


Times Digital Archive 1785 - 2011

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Every page of every issue. Fully searchable.


UK reference centre

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Full text and bibliographic information for general reference publications, including journals, biographies and images, some dating back to 1975.

Learning

Universal Class

Access over 500 high quality online courses, from art and photography, home and garden, to writing skills. Courses have real instructors to guide the learning and provide a collaborative learning environment.

Hoonuit

Online software training with thousands of videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software: Microsoft Office, iTunes, emails, Google, tablets, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Learnmyway

Free basic courses for beginners on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email, online safety and finding work online.

FutureLearn
Free access to hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organsiations. Develop your professional skills or discover a new hobby.

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