Books & Authors

Fantastic Fiction

Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Information on over 350,000 books.

Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity changing lives through reading and writing.


Looking for something different? Whichbook can help you find what you didn't know you were looking for, listing lots of intriguing and less well-known titles

Who else writes like...?

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Finished your favourite author and don't know who else to read? Try this easy to use site with in-depth information on books and authors.  Access from home


Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Reference Databases

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Access to Research

Access many of the world’s best academic papers across science, technology, medicine and other disciplines in your local Library. Access to Research provides licensed online access to over 1.5 million journal articles and conference proceedings. With 8,400 journals included in the initiative at the moment, this will make content in the fields of Health and Biological Sciences (20%), Social Sciences (18%) and Engineering (14%) available to the public for the first time. Users will also be able to read a wide variety of articles in the fields of Art & Architecture, Business, Environmental Science, History, Journalism, Languages, Politics, Film, Philosophy and Religion, Mathematics and Physics.

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Oxford Reference - The Premium Collection

Discover the best of Oxford University Press's reference titles on a dynamic digital platform

Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive record of the English language.  Find out when a word was first used and how to pronounce it. Search for elusive words with the letters you know.

Oxford Dictionaries

Language reference from the experts, providing expert recommendations on grammar, spelling, and usage; essential guides to the written word; and specialist dictionaries for writers, editors, proofreaders, and other professionals.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

59,972 biographies, 72 million words, 11,440 portraits.  The Oxford DNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century,  offering concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors.

Very Short Introductions

Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.  Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas providing intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Oxford Bibliographies 
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.

Local studies / People, then and now

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy database ideal for the family or the social historian, with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections and is continuously expanding with new content added daily. So, who will you discover? This resource is only available from Library PCs.

John Johnson Collection

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera shows the changing nature of life in Britain in the 18th to early 20th centuries.

SCRAN Online

Award winning history and culture website giving instant access to images, sounds, movies and learning resources. Contains over one million records from museums, galleries and archives.


Useful Links for Kids

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BBC Bitesize

The home of learning and revision resources including learner guides for primary and secondary students.

Channel 4’s Homework High

If you're a student aged 11-16, we're here to help with your homework. We reckon that we've got all the answers to your homework questions


A teaching and learning website for five to 12-year-olds with over 500 interactive learning resources and games. A reference section, a parent's area and a large teacher's area with curriculum links, lesson plans and worksheets.