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E-resources

The library service provides free access to a range of e-resources, and here you will also find links to websites which may be useful for any enquiries you may have.

Quick reference and encyclopaedias

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - the world's oldest and most trusted English language encyclopaedia including the Junior, Student and Adult editions. You will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Oxford Dictionaries - English dictionary and thesaurus. You will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Oxford English Dictionary - definitive record of the English language including meanings, history and pronunciations. You will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Oxford ReferenceYou will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Wikipedia - the world's largest free encyclopaedia.

Benefits

  • Universal SkillsYou will need your library card number (no spaces).

Biography

  • Biography - over 7,000 concise biographies of notable people.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyYou will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Times Digital ArchiveOnly available on library computers.

Books and reading

  • Fantastic Fiction - bibliographies of over 40,000 authors.
  • Guardian (Books) - the book section of the Guardian with book reviews and interviews.
  • Independent (Books) - the book section of the Independent with book reviews and interviews.
  • LoveReading - the UK’s leading book recommendation website.
  • Which Book - for when you don't know what to read next.
  • Who Else Writes Like - suggestions of authors who write like your favourites. You will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Who Next - suggestions of authors who write like your favourites (for children's authors only). You will need your library card number (no spaces).

Business

  • Companies House - company information including registered address, date of incorporation, current and resigned officers.

Careers advice

Citizenship

  • British Way of LifeYou will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Go Citizen - online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test. You will need your library card number (no spaces).

Consumer advice and reviews

  • Which? - product and service reviews, independently rated by experts. Only available on library computers (please ask a member of staff to log you onto the site).

Domestic violence

Driving and transport

  • The Highway Code - essential reading for everyone; drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, riders and pedestrians.
  • Network West Midlands - public transport network in the West Midlands, including bus and train information, service updates and journey planners.
  • Theory Test Pro - online study resource for the car, PCV, LGV and ADI theory test, including the hazard perception test. You will need your library card number (no spaces).

Film, TV, music, and the arts

  • Belgrade Theatre - theatre in Coventry city centre.
  • British Pathe - newsreels, video, archive, film, footage, stills.
  • The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum - art gallery and museum in Coventry city centre.
  • Oxford ArtYou will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Oxford MusicYou will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Warwick Arts Centre - arts centre based in Westwood Heath, Coventry.

Food poverty

Further education

  • Coventry College - further education college with a campus in Hillfields (City campus) and Henley Green (Henley campus).

General

Government

  • gov.uk - government services and information.

Health

  • NHS - health and medicines information.

Healthy eating

Higher education

Housing

Jobs

Languages

  • Duolingo - language learning platform, also available as an app.

Learning

  • Access to Research - over 10 million academic articles. Only available on library computers.
  • Future Learn - free online courses.
  • Hoonuit - video-based how-to software training resource for the world's most popular software applications such as the Microsoft Office suite. You will need your library card number (no spaces).
  • Khan Academy - free online courses, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
  • Learn My Way - learn how to use the internet, send an email, browse the web, or find work online.
  • National Numeracy - assess your current numeracy level, then complete the Challenge to improve your numeracy skills.
  • Open Learn (from the Open University) - free, open learning.
  • Very Short Introductions - 10 titles from OUP's Very Short Introductions series including British politics, contemporary art, drugs, the Earth, history, management, mathematics, nutrition, planets, and twentieth-century Britain. You will need your library card number (no spaces).

LGBT+

  • Coventry Pride - local charity organising Coventry’s annual Pride.
  • LGBT Foundation - national charity providing advice and support to LGBT+ people.
  • PRISM LGBTQ - local charity providing advice and support to young LGBT+ people.
  • Stonewall - national charity providing advice and support to LGBT+ people.
  • Switchboard - national charity providing a helpline for LGBT+ people.

Local studies and family history

  • AncestryOnly available on library computers.
  • Coventry Archives (including Coventry records office and local studies collection) - located inside the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
  • The Gazette (including the London Gazette, The Belfast Gazette, and the Edinburgh Gazette) - publish statutory notices including insolvency and estates of the deceased.

Mental health

Money management

  • Budget Planner (from the Money Advice Service) - puts you in control of your household spending.
  • Money Advice Service - free and impartial money advice including tools to help you budget, save, and plan for retirement.

Rape and sexual abuse

Refugees and migrants

Sexual exploitation

Statistics

 

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