Online Reference Collection 

Have you got an enquiring mind?

Is there a question that is bugging you or a word that you want to find the meaning of quickly?

Are you a student and want access to a large variety of age appropriate information 24/7?

Perhaps you are a University Student or Self Employed and want to access Academic Journals for FREE at your local library.

Merthyr Libraries has a reference collection that is perfect for you!


Britannica Library

Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all!

The new look Britannica Library contains the same trusted and reliable content along with some new features to make finding the information you want easy and fun.  There are three levels available; Junior  for primary school students; Student for Secondary and college students and Adult For everyone else!

Britannica Library can be accessed for free on computers at your local library and remotely accessed 24 hours a day from your home computer, all you need is your library card number.


Oxford Reference Collection

Oxford Dictionaries contain the entire Oxford English Dictionary in a format that is easy to use and browse 24/7.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains over 58 thousand biographies of people - an invaluable resource for students, or just someone wishing to find out more about people who shaped the British Isles and beyond.

Very Short Introductions From British Politics to Planets, Management to Mathematics;  discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.

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.


The British Newspaper Archive - Community Edition gives you unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds from any of the public computers at your local library.

To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service.

All the articles you view will be kept in your My Research area; your personal area in which to store and organise your favourite articles. Here you can create folders for different articles and categorise them however you like.  The beauty of My Research is that you can make it whatever you want. You can also add notes to any of your articles to record your thoughts and track your progress.


Access to Research lets you discover a world of published academic research at your local library.

With in-depth information on topics including: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences this service is ideal for small businesses, researchers and students.


Is there is a question that none of these sites can help with?  Why not use the national Ask a Librarian information service?  

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