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Online Reference Library
Reference and research resources
Arts and music
Artemis Literary Sources
Artemis Literary SourcesSearch across a range of literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music LibraryListen to more than 470,000 tracks. Select by genre - classical, jazz, blues, world music, pop/rock - or composer. Support materials for GCSE or A-level courses are in the Study area. Also includes some spoken word under the genre tab. Remember to log-out after each session.
Naxos Music Library - Jazz
Naxos Music Library - JazzListen to almost 40,000 jazz tracks covering both jazz legends and contemporary jazz - search by genre or label, or by artist via the Advanced Search. Remember to log out after each session.
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art OnlineComprises the full text of the 'Dictionary of Art', 'Benezit Online' and the 'Oxford Companion to Western Art'. Includes over 45,000 signed articles, 2,500 illustrations, 40,000 images linked from other art sites, and 21,000 biographies.

Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music OnlineClick the logo to access the full text of the 'New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians' (2nd edition), the 'New Grove Dictionary of Opera' and the 'New Grove Dictionary of Jazz' (2nd edition); over 45,000 specially-commissioned articles, 20,000 biographies and 3-D interactive images of musical instruments.
Screenonline
ScreenonlineBFI Screenonline is the "definitive guide to Britain's film and TV history". You can view and download extracts (for private or educational use).
Business
COBRA
COBRAThe Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA) is an encyclopedia of practical information for anyone involved in setting up, running and managing a business enterprise, including business start up guides, management factsheets and UK market sector reports. Please note: Remote access is restricted to 12 Business Information Briefings, 12 Business Opportunities Profiles, and 6 UK Market Synopsis a year. In library access is unlimited.
Mint UK (Ask a Kent Librarian only)
Mint UK (Ask a Kent Librarian only)Access to information covering companies, news, directors and industry research. You can also build lists for your sales and marketing campaigns, or
Ask a Kent Librarian to extract tailor-made lists for you (no cost to Kent SMEs).
You will need a member of staff to log you in.

British Standards Online
British Standards OnlineAccess the full-text of most British Standards as well as their European and International equivalents.
Careers and job seeking
Learn My Way
Learn My WayStep-by-step online basic computer courses: learn to use a keyboard and mouse, create an email account, search the Internet and much more (e.g. job hunting and shopping online).

Please note: You will need your local library's UK Online centre code to register. Ask local library staff.
eLearning
Learn My Way
Learn My WayStep-by-step online basic computer courses: learn to use a keyboard and mouse, create an email account, search the Internet and much more (e.g. job hunting and shopping online).

Please note: You will need your local library's UK Online centre code to register. Ask local library staff.
Life in Great Britain
Life in Great BritainThis online course provides access to course material from chapters 2 to 6 of "Life in the United Kingdom: a journey into Citizenship" published by the Home Office. It also includes speech, a glossary, revision tests at the end of each section and full practice tests to prepare you for UK Citizenship test.
Theory Test Pro
Theory Test ProTheory Test Pro is a highly 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. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.

When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practise for the test. If you sign up from home or anywhere else outside of the library, you will also need a valid library barcode number, available on your library card.
The British Way of Life
The British Way of LifeProvides all new arrivals into the UK with the necessary information to make it easier for them to get used to their new home, to integrate and to become personally resilient.
Family and local history
British Library Newspapers
British Library NewspapersA comprehensive range of national, regional and local newspapers published in 19th century Britain, which reflects the social, political and cultural events of the times. Users can search across a large range of titles, perform full-text searches and view specific article types.
Ancestry.com - Libraries edition
Ancestry.com - Libraries editionProvides access to the 1841 to 1901 UK censuses and contains more than 4 billion names. A simple search using an ancestor's christian and surname can produce some interesting results, which can be viewed, printed or emailed.
British History Online
British History OnlineA digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Our subscription provides access to the full collection including institutional premium content. Once on the site just click on 'Log in'.
British Newspaper Archive - Community Edition
British Newspaper Archive - Community EditionContains millions of pages of historical newspapers from the British Library collection searchable by keyword, name, location, date or title. See the up-to-date titles list, it also includes digital archives for Dover Express, Kentish Gazette, Whitstable Times & Herne Bay Herald and Kentish Chronicle. You will need to register when you first access the British Newspaper Archive. When you subsequently log in this will allow access to the archive and to a personal My Research area, to keep track of your searches and bookmark items. We have a limited number of concurrent licences across the county; to enable a maximum of people to benefit, the product will log you out following 10 minutes of inactivity.
Credo Reference
Credo ReferenceGives access to top reference books from some of the world's biggest publishers including Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, Debrett's People of Today.
Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National BiographyTells the stories of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in the year 2004. It also includes over 10,000 portrait illustrations, and the complete text of the 33-volumes of the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography.
Find My Past - Community edition
Find My Past - Community editionView around 750 million records including birth, marriage and death records, the complete UK census collection (including the official 1911 census), millions of parish records dating back as far as 1538, a vast military records collection spanning 1656-1994, migration records etc.
Gale News Vault
Gale News VaultSearch 19th Century British Newspapers, Illustrated London News and Times Digital Archive in one go!
Illustrated London News
Illustrated London NewsThe world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.
John Johnson Collection
John Johnson CollectionAccess thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
Times Digital Archives
Times Digital ArchivesSearch through the digital edition of The Times (London) 1785 - 2006 using keyword or date searches to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all notices, obituaries, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
UK Press Online - South Eastern Gazette
UK Press Online - South Eastern GazetteUK Press Online for access to the South Eastern Gazette 1852 to 1912.
Who's Who with Who was Who Online
WhoWho's Who is the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in the UK and worldwide. Who Was Who includes over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who dating back to 1898.
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Authoritative work lists over 45,000 family names with explanations of the name's origins, variations in spelling, and information about geographical distribution.


General reference, encyclopaedias and dictionaries
Britannica Online
Britannica OnlineSuitable for ages 14
Britannica Junior Edition
Britannica Junior EditionSuitable for ages 5 to 10 years
Britannica Student Edition
Britannica Student EditionSuitable for ages 10 to 14 years

Credo Reference
Credo Reference Gives access to 100 top reference books from some of the world's biggest publishers including Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, Debrett's People of Today.
Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National BiographyTells the stories of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in the year 2004. It also includes over 10,000 portrait illustrations, and the complete text of the 33-volumes of the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography.
Oxford Language Dictionaries
Oxford Language DictionariesOxford Language Dictionaries features smart-linked dictionaries and thesauruses, audio pronunciations, example sentences, advanced search functionality, and specialist language resources for writers and editors.
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English DictionaryWidely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more then 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources.
Who's Who with Who was Who Online
WhoThe directory of the noteworthy and influential in the UK today. Who Was Who includes over 100,000 entries from the archives dating back to 1898.

Oxford Bibliographies
Access to the Victorian and British & Irish Literature databases
Health and wellbeing
Kent Bereavement Advice Service
Kent Bereavement Advice Service offers practical advice and support after the death of a relative or friend. This service is provided by Kent Libraries, Registration & Archives in partnership with ITC.
History and social issues
British Library Newspapers
British Library NewspapersA comprehensive range of national, regional and local newspapers published in 19th century Britain, which reflects the social, political and cultural events of the times. Users can search across a large range of titles, perform full-text searches and view specific article types.
British History Online
British History Online A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Our subscription provides access to the full collection including institutional premium content. Once on the site just click on 'Log in'.
Cambridge Histories Online
Cambridge Histories OnlineContaining over 300 volumes published since 1960, this covers over 15 different academic subjects providing a diverse, up to date and authoritative collection that is a must for anyone researching or studying a subject that has an historical element.
Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National BiographyTells the stories of over 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in the year 2004. It also includes over 10,000 portrait illustrations, and the complete text of the 33-volumes of the first edition of the Dictionary of National Biography.
European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750
European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 Provided in collaboration with the John Carter Brown Library, this is a bibliographic for those interested in European works that relate to the Americas, based on the authoritative bibliography "European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750." It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.
Gale news Vault
Gale news VaultSearch 19th Century British Newspapers, Illustrated London News and Times Digital Archive in one go!
Illustrated London News
Illustrated London NewsThe world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.
Issues
IssuesProvides articles with news and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides and assignment/debate suggestions on contemporary social issues ranging from abortion and substance abuse to homelessness, racism and waste pollution.
Times Digital Archives
Times Digital ArchivesSearch through the digital edition of The Times (London) 1785 - 2006 using keyword or date searches to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all notices, obituaries, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
Homework
Britannica Junior Edition
Britannica Junior EditionSuitable for ages 5 to 10 years
Britannica Student Edition
Britannica Student EditionSuitable for ages 10 to 14 years
Britannica Online
Britannica OnlineSuitable for ages 14
Britannica Spotlight series
This focuses on subjects covered by the National Curriculum as taught in primary schools, with extracts from relevant Britannica articles together with an activity centre full of pictures to print out and fun learning activities. Visit the site regularly as new ones are added all the time.
Credo Reference
Credo ReferenceGives access to top reference books from some of the world's biggest publishers including Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, Debrett's People of Today.
EBSCO UK/EIRE Reference Centre
EBSCO UK/EIRE Reference CentreNeed to illustrate your project work? EBSCO holds a huge bank or images rights-cleared for personal use. Also a selection of UK and International magazines, newspapers (including UK local and tabloid papers) and reference books.
Grzimek's Animal Life encyclopedia
GrzimekPart of GVRL - More than 4,000 species categorized by Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals and Simple Aquatic Life, including information on evolution, habitat, behavior, range and more. Perfect for assignments or indulging your love of animals. Includes videos and multimedia.
Issues
IssuesProvides articles with news and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides and assignment/debate suggestions on contemporary social issues ranging from abortion and substance abuse to homelessness, racism and waste pollution.
Oxford Language Dictionaries
Oxford Language DictionariesOxford Language Dictionaries feature smart-linked dictionaries and thesauruses, audio pronunciations, example sentences, advanced search functionality, and specialist language resources for writers and editors.
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English DictionaryWidely acknowledged as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. It also traces the evolution of more then 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources.
Newspapers and periodicals
British Library Newspapers
British Library NewspapersA comprehensive range of national, regional and local newspapers published in 19th century Britain, which reflects the social, political and cultural events of the times. Users can search across a large range of titles, perform full-text searches and view specific article types.
Access to research
Access to research An extensive and growing database of publicly-funded research papers and academic journals. Kent libraries are participating in the Technical Pilot of this database prior to its official launch later in the year.
British Newspaper Archive - Community Edition
British Newspaper Archive - Community EditionContains millions of pages of historical newspapers from the British Library collection searchable by keyword, name, location, date or title. See the up-to-date titles list, it also includes digital archives for Dover Express, Kentish Gazette, Whitstable Times & Herne Bay Herald and Kentish Chronicle. You will need to register when you first access the British Newspaper Archive. When you subsequently log in this will allow access to the archive and to a personal My Research area, to keep track of your searches and bookmark items. We have a limited number of concurrent licences across the county; to enable a maximum of people to benefit, the product will log you out following 10 minutes of inactivity.
EBSCO UK & Ireland Reference Centre
EBSCO UK & Ireland Reference CentreFull-text coverage of a range of UK newspapers and magazines (including The Times, Telegraph, New Statesman and History Today) supported by a large image bank.
Gale news Vault
Gale news VaultSearch 19th Century British Newspapers, Illustrated London News and Times Digital Archive in one go!
Illustrated London News
Illustrated London NewsThe world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, it allowed readers to not only read about British and world events but to actually see them. From war and disasters to politics and the arts, it provided a vivid view of the people, places and events that, until then, most of its readers could only imagine.
Times Digital Archives
Times Digital ArchivesSearch through the digital edition of The Times (London) 1785 - 2006 using keyword or date searches to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all notices, obituaries, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
UK Press Online - South Eastern Gazette
UK Press Online - South Eastern GazetteUK Press Online for access to the South Eastern Gazette 1852 to 1912.
RB Digital eMagazines
RB Digital eMagazinesElectronic editions of popular magazines which can be read online or downloaded to portable devices
Rights & citizenship
Kent 4 Community
Kent 4 CommunityThis resource provides details of grants and funding available for community groups in Kent.
Kent Bereavement Advice Service
Practical advice and support after the death of a relative or friend. This service is provided by Kent Libraries, Registration & Archives in partnership with Simplify.
Westlaw UK (Maidstone only, ask staff for assistance)
Westlaw UK (Maidstone only, ask staff for assistance)
Over 400,000 case reports and transcripts dating back to 1220

Legislation consolidated back to 1267, and updated daily

Analytical commentary from the entire Common Law Library and a large range of market-leading books and looseleafs
Life in Great Britain
Life in Great BritainThis online course provides access to course material from chapters 2 to 6 of "Life in the United Kingdom: a journey into Citizenship" published by the Home Office. It also includes speech, a glossary, revision tests at the end of each section and full practice tests to prepare you for UK Citizenship test.
Public Information Online
Public Information Online Public Information Online contains All material from 2006/07 Parliamentary session onwards. The site is updated daily with fully searchable PDFs that are available on the day of publication.
The British Way of Life
The British Way of LifeProvides all new arrivals into the UK with the necessary information to make it easier for them to get used to their new home, to integrate and to become personally resilient.
Science and Nature
Grzimek's Animal Life encyclopedia
GrzimekPart of GVRL - More than 4,000 species categorized by Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals and Simple Aquatic Life, including information on evolution, habitat, behavior, range and more. Perfect for assignments or indulging your love of animals. Includes videos and multimedia.
Statistics
Public Information Online
 Public Information OnlinePublic Information Online contains All material from 2006/07 Parliamentary session onwards. The site is updated daily with fully searchable PDFs that are available on the day of publication.