Online reference resources

Information about accessing the library online reference resources - encyclopaedias, dictionaries etc.

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Our references include Encyclopaedia Britannica, dictionaries, driving theory test and language tutors that you can use at home with your library membership number or on a PC in any of our libraries, with support from staff if you need it.

You can also access Ancestry UK in any of our libraries

All of the resources are free for use by Barnsley Library Members.

Most of the resources can be accessed outside the library by entering your library membership number after following the links below.  If you need help you can book a one-to-one session with staff by contacting 01226 773933.

Access to research 

Free access to over 1.5 million academic articles is now available at your local library.  The service is being offered on a trial basis until December 2016 across public libraries in the UK.  Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, maths and science. Not every article in all of the journals has free access, but those which are can be used online from a library computer.  If you are logging on from a local library you can follow this link to Access to Research to start your search. 

Ancestry (family history/geneology)

The most widely used family history website in the world with over 7 billion searchable names.  It includes the census records for England, Wales and Scotland from 1841 to 1901, as well as the Birth, Marriage and Death records for England and Wales from 1837-2005.  The 1911 Census Summary books have recently been added. Other resources include British telephone directories dating back to 1880 and a whole host of military records.
Access is only available in the library

BYKI (languages)

If you want to learn a new language, we can offer over 80 different languages via the Byki website.  Byki is a language learning system that uses flashcards to teach a set of words or phrases.  Mobile phone App available.
BYKI help sheet

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Encyclopaedia, General Knowledge and Reference)

Encyclopaedia Britannica: customised for students and general use, it contains articles, a world atlas, dictionary, thesaurus and thousands of images and videos.
Encyclopaedia Britannica help sheet

Know UK (Encyclopaedia, General Knowledge and Reference)

If you are accessing Know UK from within the library network use the link above.  If you are accessing the resource from home or another internet-enabled PC please use Know UK External

Know UK is a useful reference resource that includes publications such as the Welfare Benefits Guide, Good Food Guide, UK Course Discover, The Voluntary Agencies Directory and many more.  It can help you to find the right university course and funding, help with your homework, find a solicitor or plan a UK trip.
Know UK help sheet

Life in Great Britain (Citizenship)

Self-learning course and online simulation for the official UK citizenship test, officially licensed by the Home Office.  Signup by registering with your library card.  Gives people the opportunity to undertake revision sessions and practice tests before undertaking the national test at their chosen test centre.
Life in GB help sheet

Oxford Art (Art)

Oxford Art Online: a reference dictionary of art and artists, previously titled Grove Art Online.  Includes thousands of pictures - some famous and some obscure, together with an explanation of many art terms.
Oxford Art help sheet

Oxford DNB (Biography)

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is an illustrated collection of thousands of specially written biographies of the men and women around the world who shaped the history of Britain. Oxford DNB Helpsheet

Oxford Dictionaries Pro (Dictionary)

Dictionary, thesaurus and English language resource. Oxford Dictionaries Pro Helpsheet

Oxford English Dictionary (Historical Dictionary and Authority on English Language Usage)

Oxford English Dictionary (Please note that at the moment a valid Barnsley Library Membership Card number must be entered to gain access to this resource from within the Library network).  This work is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day.  It aims to show not only the current meanings of words but also traces their development through time. Oxford English Dictionary help sheet

Oxford Music (Music)

Oxford Music provides access to the resources of Oxford's music reference in one location.  Featuring Colin Larkin's Encyclopaedia of Popular Music - a reference work devoted exclusively to popular music.  The encyclopaedia is the authoritative biographical encyclopaedia of rock, pop and jazz artists, covering popular music from 1900 to the present.  Includes access to information previously contained in Grove Music.
Oxford Music help sheet

Oxford Reference Online (Encyclopaedias, General Knowledge and Reference)

Provides access to English and bilingual dictionaries of French, German, Spanish and Italian with links to key events in 20th Century history.  Includes images, many of which are in colour, and links to relevant websites.  Oxford Reference online help sheet

Theory Test Pro (Driving Theory Test)

Theory Test Pro contains all the official test questions licensed from the DSA and is an online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories.  Includes an online version of the Highway Code and hazard perception video simulations.
Theory Test Pro help sheet

UK NewsStand (Newspapers)

If you are accessing UK NewsStand from within the library network use the link above.  If you are accessing the resource from home or another internet-enabled PC please use UK NewsStand External

Up-to-date access to all the most popular British newspapers and most are backdated to the 1990s.  Includes all major daily and Sunday National newspapers and many regional newspapers such as the Hull Daily Mail and the Liverpool Echo and magazines such as Computer Weekly and The Grocer.  Also provides background reading and information on many topics with links to recent headlines and sites on the web about many topics eg homelessness, bereavement, transport and healthy eating.
UK Newsstand help sheet

Library Catalogue

You can make a request for an item online by using our Library Catalogue.

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