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Free access to the online version of the world famous encyclopaedia, offering trusted information from 3 sites in one: Britannica online, Britannica Junior online, Britannica Student online. Choose the age-appropriate level that works best for you, to easily carry out research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects. You can even store your research in you own personal 'My Britannica ' account. Access the site here then enter your library card number in the log in box to begin searching.
Oxford Reference

"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 English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present - from across the English speaking world. The print edition has 20 volumes but you can look a word up in the online version, quickly and easily, by searching here.
Enter site here to search The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which contains 50,000 specially written, illustrated biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.
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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.

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Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. Enter site here
Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects. Enter site here
FutureLearn, owned by The Open University, is a social learning platform based in the UK. Offering free online courses from over 20 of the world's leading universities and institutions, the modules are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop. Learners can fit learning around their lives, rather than their lives around learning. Follow this link to view the range of free courses on offer and to register.
The Digital Business Academy offers eleven FREE online courses designed by digital experts and delivered by established institutions including UCL, Cambridge Business School and Founder Centric.
Funded by the government, you don't need any qualifications to do the courses, and will gain insights into essential areas including how to start a digital business, develop digital products, marketing and branding and creating digital marketing campaigns.
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TheComputerSchool's (TTD) Technology Training Directory is perfect for all levels of I.T. understanding and skill (Beginners to Advanced). There are more than 10,000+ Lessons and Tutorials covering an extensive and varied range of topics: Computer & Technology Basics, Internet Safety and Security, Cyber-Bullying/Cyber-Safety, Microsoft, Apple, Android, Adobe, Google, Social Networking, Digital Photography and much more. It's an incredibly fast, accurate and user-friendly computer & technology learning resource. Login Here

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
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