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Use an e-resource

We provide free access to a range of high-quality subscription based e-resources. 

Please note majority of these e-resource do require you to have a Library card, not a member? Learn how you can join here

Academic study

Access to Research

This e-resource is only available using a library computer.

This e-resource allows you to access millions of journal articles.

The subjects covered include art, architecture, archaeology, biological sciences, business, economics, engineering, environmental science, film, health, history, journalism, languages, law, politics, philosophy, physics, religion, social sciences, music and mathematics.

From a library computer:

Go to Access to Research

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

Very Short Introductions

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Very Short Introductions provide the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, with expert authors making often challenging topics highly readable. This premier publishing series is available in an online resource that allows users to find the most relevant content quickly and easily using sophisticated search and browse functions. Users can also use comprehensive interlinking with other Oxford online resources, enhancing your journey from introductory material to advanced content - or for quick reference on key topics. 

The resource

  • Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable.

Search and discover

  • Browse and refine searches to quickly and easily access information and content most relevant to your search
  • Jump to other chapters using the clickable table of contents
  • Use the Oxford Index underbar, a free tool that generates related links to all other Oxford University Press online content

Sharing and personalisations tools

  • Saves searches, books, and chapters to access in future sessions
  • Easily share content using integrated tools, including social bookmarking, email, and DOIs for direct linking
  • Export to citation software

The list of titles available online as part of our subscription include:

  • British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed.) by Tony Wright
  • Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Stallabrass
  • Drugs: A Very Short Introduction by Leslie Iversen
  • The Earth: A Very Short Introduction by Martin Redfern
  • History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold
  • Management: A Very Short Introduction by John Hendry
  • Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers
  • Nutrition: A Very Short Introduction by David Bender
  • Planets: A Very Short Introduction by David A. Rothery
  • Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction by Kenneth O. Morgan

From a library computer:

Go to Very Short Introductions

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

From home:

Go to Very Short Introductions

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

You can create a personal account once you are logged in so you can save content and searches for future visits. You will need you email address and a password to do this which you must remember. You will still need to log in using your library card number on each visit.

Benefits

Universal Skills

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource is an online step-by-step guide covering areas such as basic computer skills, job skills, Universal Jobmatch and Universal Credit.

The three help topics available are:

  • "Find a Job service" Awareness - topics that give you all the skills to get you started searching for a job on the Government website.
  • Employability Awareness - topics to help you find and keep jobs.
  • Universal Credit Awareness - topics to help you find the right credit payments for you and what is needed to keep the level of credit.

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Universal Skills

What you will need to login:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Library card number
  • Select a help topic to view from the drop down list when prompted

Citizenship test

British Way of Life

The British Way of Life has a wide range of guides to help you with:

  • Local information
  • Staying safe and legal
  • Health and hygiene
  • Making a living
  • A better life

There is also an option to translate the guides into another language.

Go Citizen

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource is an online study version of the Life in the UK test.

The test is taken as part of any application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK.

To book your Life in the UK test you will need to visit www.gov.uk.

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Go Citizen

What you will need to create an account:

  • Your name
  • Your email address (you must remember this)
  • Your library card number (you must remember this)
  • A password (you must remember this)
  • Your postcode

What you will need to login:

  • Your email address
  • Your library card number
  • Your password

This information must match the information you provided when you created your account.

Dictionaries and language study

Oxford Dictionaries Premium 

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Oxford Dictionaries Premium is your destination whenever you need language guidance: every time you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate in into another language, or whether you're using it correctly. It's your first point of reference and your guide to the language of today.

The resource

  • Unsurpassed current English dictionary content - more than 350,000 entries and definitions, and over 600,000 synonyms and antonyms
  • Responsive design makes the site accessible across all mobile devices
  • Almost two million full example sentences showing words in use
  • Audio pronunciations for US and British English definitions
  • Specialist dictionaries and usage guides for writers, editors, and legal professionals
  • Guidelines to writing in everyday situations, from applying for a job to general correspondence
  • Updated four times a year

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Oxford Dictionaries Premium

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Oxford English Dictionary

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

The Oxford English Dictionary is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is the most comprehensive record or the English language in the world. As a historical dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You'll still find these in the Oxford English Dictionary, but you'll also find the history of individual words, and of the language - traced through more than 3 million quotations.

The resource

  • The only English dictionary that aims to trace the first recorded use of every sense of every word, to show when it entered language
  • The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary allows users to explore the different words used for a particular concept or meaning over time
  • Oxford English Dictionary timelines help users discover when words entered the English language by subject, region, or origin
  • Each entry shows sense development, quotation evidence, and links to related entries - unlocking the history of every word
  • Quarterly updates include hundreds of new and revised meanings

Search and discover

  • Quick and Advanced search options available from every page
  • Seach and browse by subject, region, usage, or by language or origin
  • Show or hide full word origins for each sense of the word

From a library computer:

Go to Oxford English Dictionary

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Driving test

Theory Test Pro

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource is an online study version of the driving theory tests for car and motorcycle as well as the PCV (passenger carrying vehicle), LGV (light goods vehicle) and ADI (approved driving instructor) entitlements.

The test relevant to you is taken as part of any application for a car or motorcycle license or to add any of the other entitlements to your car driving license.

To book your driving theory test you will need to visit www.gov.uk.

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Theory Test Pro

What you will need to create an account:

  • Your name
  • Your email address (you must remember this)
  • Your library card number (you must remember this)
  • A password (you must remember this)
  • Your postcode

What you will need to login:

  • Your email address
  • Your library card number
  • Your password

This information must match the information you provided when you created your account.

Encyclopaedias

Britannica Library

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource provides access to the world-famous Britannica Library encyclopaedia with age appropriate content from when you first login.

From a library computer or from home:

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Britannica Study Guide (for all ages)

Find activities and information in the Britannic Study Guide to help students with some valuable presentation skills.  All the activities are based around the article on polar exploration, so students can use this article to help them practise writing and giving successful speeches.

Oxford Art Online

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Oxford Art Online (formerly known as Grove Art Online) is the foremost scholarly art encyclopaedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. First published as the landmark 34-volume Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner, the content of Oxford Art Online encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images made available through Oxford's partnerships with museums, galleries, and other outstanding arts organisations.

The resource

  • An authoritative and comprehensive one-stop resource for all of your art research needs, from the novice student to the advanced scholar
  • More than 500,000 bibliographical citations, which can be searched independently or within the text
  • 45,000 signed articles and images on every aspect of the visual arts
  • 21,000 biographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, theorists, writers, and scholars, searchable by name, birth/death dates, place or origin/activity, and occupation
  • Over 6,000 searchable images, as well as 40,000 editorially-selected image links to museums and galleries, provide essential visual support in research
  • Ongoing updates of content and images enhance coverage of significant areas of the visual arts

Search and discover

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need
  • Narrow your choices by content type (e.g. artwork, artist signatures, stamps of sale, etc.) or category (people, geography, time periods, etc.)
  • Search within articles or for full text results only
  • Jump directly to any section of an entry with one click
  • Access to visual content for an entry using the image tab
  • Browse by biographies, subject entries, or images
  • Expand research via featured related content

Sharing and citations tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results
  • Export entries to citation software, or copy and cite

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Oxford Art Online

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Explore the lives of almost 60,000 people worldwide in this illustrated online collection of specially written biographies. Written by specialist authors, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography biographies introduce users to the people behind British history's great events - from the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas to Princess Diana, and from the founding fathers of America to the Nawabs of Bengal - as well as its literature, science, art, music, and ideas.

The resource

  • Access authoritative content you can trust, with more than 11,000 specialist contributors from 35 countries
  • Discover the wealth of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography content through themed articles, reference lists, and special articles
  • Versatile searching allows you to make your own connections: delve into specific areas of interest, e.g. female scientists, 20th-century Scottish writers, or shapers of empire
  • Incorporate the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography into your teaching with our learning resources, sample lesson plans, teachers' notes, and links to external websites
  • Three annual updates add new biographies - including people active in the 21st century - along with quick reference guides

Search and browse

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need - search by name, date, field of interest or occupation, place of birth, education, residence, death or burial, religious affiliation, and more
  • Browse people or contributors alphabetically or by birth date

Sharing and citation tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results and entries
  • Quickly cite content with the copy and cite feature available for each entry

From a library computer:

Go to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

From home:

Go to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Oxford Music Online

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Oxford Music Online is the leading online resource for music research, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001)The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations.

The resource

  • A comprehensive one-stop resource for anyone from novice students to advanced scholars
  • Over 50,000 signed articles by more than 6,000 international contributors provide comprehensive coverage of the field in one easy-to-use resource
  • 500+ Sibelius-enabled musical examples cover styles and people from habanera to Handel
  • Subject guides, musical timelines, and research resources provide invaluable support for teachers and students
  • Supplemented with content from The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition 
  • Three updates per year, with at least one update focusing on contemporary music

Search and discover

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need
  • Narrow your choices by content type (e.g. biographies, subject entries, images)
  • Search within articles or for full text results only
  • Browse by biographies, subject entries, discographies and compilations or videographies
  • Expand research via featured related content

Sharing and citation tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results
  • Export entries to citation software, or copy and cite

From a library computer:

Go to Oxford Music Online

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

Family history or local studies research

Ancestry Library Edition

This e-resource is only available using a library computer.

This e-resource provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories and photos.

From a library computer:

Go to Ancestry Library Edition

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2009

This e-resource is only available using a library computer.

This e-resource provides access to over 70,000 issues of The Times covering the period from 1785 - 2009.

From a library computer:

Go to Times Digital Archive 1785 - 2009

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

European Newsstream

European Newsstream has the most important national news publications, including The Guardian, Financial Times and The Times, key regional newspapers such as The Coventry Telegraph (from Mar 28, 2000 to present) and The Birmingham Post, and the most widely read and influential news magazines such as The Economist, New Statesman, and The Spectator - a total of 170 online UK newspapers and magazines.

This Service is available to use free of charge.

Newspaper archives are a rich source of information for researchers. This archive has national and international news from both large and small cities and offers various views on the UK and the world. There is also local and regional news, including information about local companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and the people in the community. Paid adverts are not included.  

There are also sections on obituaries, literary criticism, people, editorial pieces, books, films, art reviews and more.

How to use European Newsstream

Reader development

Who Else Writes Like

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource aims to answer the perennial question "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?"

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Who Else Writes Like

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number
  • Select Coventry City Libraries (Coventry, GB) from the drop down list when prompted

You do not need to create an account to use this e-resource.

Who Next

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource aims to help parents, teachers and librarians in schools and public libraries to encourage children and young people to read more widely by suggesting authors they might enjoy.

From a library computer or from home:

Go to Who Next

What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number
  • Select Coventry City Libraries (Coventry, GB) from the drop down list when prompted

You do not need to create an account to use this e-resource.

Reference

Oxford Index

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

This e-resource allows you to search across Oxford University Press' digital academic content with a single click so if you don't know which OUP e-resource to use to get the information you need, Oxford Index will help you find it fast.

From a library computer or from home.

Go to Oxford Index

You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer. You should type in Coventry Libraries and Information Service when prompted if you are accessing this e-resource from home so you can view all e-resources our library service has full access to.

Oxford Reference

This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home.

Two million digitised entries across Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopaedias, spanning 24 different subject areas including; Archaeology, Art and Architecture, Classical Studies, Encyclopaedias, English Dictionaries and Thesauri, History, Language Reference, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Medicine and Heath, Music, Names Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Quotations, Religion, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Society and Culture.

The resource

Oxford Quick Reference

A core foundation or 135+ academic subject, language and quotations dictionaries providing carefully vetted short-entry content.

  • A monthly updating program checks and revises articles for top levels of accuracy
  • New titles and editions released three times a year
  • Exclusive, online-only dictionaries widen the coverage of areas of study

Oxford Reference Library

200+ in-depth, specialised titles from Oxford's award-winning Encyclopaedias and Companions.

  • New titles and editions are added throughout the year
  • Includes some of Oxford's most well-known titles such as The Grove Dictionary of American Music and the Oxford Classical Dictionary 

Search and discover

  • Use Advanced search or Quick search to find the content you need
  • Narrow your choices by reference type, subject, or content type
  • Search within results or by images only
  • Browse by subject or reference type, including timelines, quotations, and dictionaries
  • Expand your research with links to related content and related overviews
  • Navigate to relevant content - all content in Oxford Reference is fully cross-searchable, and linked to the Oxford Index

Sharing and personalisation tools

  • Share content with the ability to print or email search results
  • Export entries to citation software
  • Save research journeys, and entries for future reference

From a library computer:

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You do not need to create an account or remember any login details as this e-resource will log in automatically if you are using a library computer.

From home:

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What you will need to login:

  • Your library card number

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