We pay for these databases so you don’t have to!

Are you starting 2018 with good intentions to find out more about your area of interest or family tree?  For those of you with research resolutions, did you know about the excellent online resources you get to use for free as one of our members?  Genealogy, newspapers, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, driving theory practice… whatever your interest we’ve got you covered.


Encyclopaedia Britannica continues to be a world authority for students and general interest. Use in the library, or from home with your library card number.

Access World News Logo
Access World News (aka Newsbank) includes full text newspapers from the 1980s to the present day, covering over 9,000 local, national and global newspapers from the Todmorden Post to the Singapore Straits Times, including popular titles like The Times and The Yorkshire Post. Invaluable to researchers and students alike. 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.


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.

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.


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.

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 Dictional of National Biography logo
Explore the lives of over 55,000 people important to the history of Britain. 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.


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.


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