Online reference

We pay so you don’t have to!

The following subscription websites are all free to you as a library member.


Provides masses of information for family history researchers: Birth, Marriage & Death Records; Military; Criminal; Wills, and more. On library PCs or library wifi, not from home.


Historic newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection. Register for a free account and away you go. On library PCs or library wifi, not from home.

Find My Past logo
Provides huge amounts of information useful to family historians, including census data, the 1939 register and parish registers for England and Wales. Also includes some York specific records taken from Explore’s archives. Available on library PCs or library wifi, not from home.

Access full text newspapers from the 1980s to the present day, covering over 2,300 local, national and global newspapers including The Times, York Press and Yorkshire Post. Use in the library, or from home using your library card.
(We recommend using the link above which searches across a huge database of journals and ebooks as well as the newspapers.  However, if you prefer you can go straight to the newspaper search here.)
 

Oxford Dictionary logo
Provides up-to-date online English dictionaries, thesauruses, and writing guidance from the world’s most trusted dictionaries. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

Oxford English Dictionary logo
The gold standard dictionary for the English language. Use not just for word meanings but also to find out when words were first used, original spellings and usages and a fascinating “word of the day”. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

Oxford Reference logo
This is the desert island disc of reference resources; whether you are just beginning your research or need a definitive answer to a question this is the resource for you! Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

Oxford Reference logo
A brand new resource from Oxford University Press. OUP are working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, to develop comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.


Pass first time! Theory Test Pro contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.


Whatever you are thinking of buying you can be sure that it is better to do some research on the product before hand.  You can access the online edition of Which? Magazine on library PCs, just ask a member of staff when you visit.


This resources gives free online access to 15 million + academic journal articles, from library PCs or library wifi (not from home). Be aware that the keyword search-box brings up a lot of articles which are not free to access mixed in with the ones which are free, so it can be tricky to identify the free ones that way.  Instead you may find it more straightforward to browse just the free articles alone by using the “browse all journals” link.

 

Above are the subscription websites which are free to you as a library member.  Please also see our other recommended websites.