"A Library in Your Living Room" - free online access to some of the world's most trusted reference works:
Oxford Reference offers over 2 million entries across 25 different subject areas, giving unrivalled coverage of everything from art to accountancy, politics to physics, and computing to classics. There is also a personalized area, My Work, where users can save their own searches and content pages, as well as annotations. Enter site here to start searching the 300,000 overview pages, 2 million facts and definitions and 16,000+ illustrations!
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.
Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names.
This authoritative guide also includes an introductory essay explaining the historical background, formation, and typology of surnames and a guide to surnames research and family history research. Additional material also includes a list of published and unpublished lists of surnames from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The New Oxford Shakespeare Online is a dynamic, interactive resource which
presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare's works, edited from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.
The New Oxford Shakespeare Online includes:
The Modern Critical Edition
• A complete Shakespeare for students and teachers
• Provided in modernised spelling for reading and study
The Critical Reference Edition
• Provided in original spelling from folio and quarto
• Detailed critical apparatus supports chosen readings
The Authorship Companion
• Provides the editorial principles of the edition for
• Will constitute a major contribution to the debates
over what Shakespeare wrote
Oxford Dictionaries is a trusted first point of reference for the language of today, when you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language, or whether you're using it correctly. Search here for English definitions and synonyms, and English grammar and usage, as well as Spanish, French, German and Italian dictionaries.
Universal Skills offers an easy to use, step-by-step guide to Basic IT Skills and everything you need to know about the Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit processes and payments.
It includes how to create an email account, how to write your CV (with examples that you can change), how to be properly prepared for your interviews, and much, much more...
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If you don't have a library card you can join at online here or at your nearest library.
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Discover a world of published academic research at your local library.
Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access many of the world's best academic papers through their local libraries, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available for free.
Over 1.5 million academic articles are available for research from all Cumbria Libraries public pc's. Find out more
Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions we are unable to offer this service to users at home, but the following 2 links provide free access to research content
Core and Base