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Virtual Reference
If you have a Brighton and Hove City LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP CARD, you can now enjoy free access to over 300 online reference books and websites. Click here for access.

You can access many of these directly from your home computer, simply by keying in the ten digits of the pin code on your library card.

Remember to include the first three letters of the code in UPPER CASE, and do not leave a space before typing in the seven figure number.

This is a very useful resource both for children doing their homework and their parents.

In the REFERENCE section:

Primary School children (5-11 year olds) can access Britannica Junior Encyclopaedia.

Secondary School pupils can use Britannica Student.

Library Membership Card Holders aged 18 and over are offered Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Need a DICTIONARY for ENGLISH or a FOREIGN LANGUAGE?:

You can access The Oxford English Dictionary &/or The Oxford Language Dictionaries Online simply by keying in your existing membership code.

TOPIC AREAS:

If you are studying world religion, The Oxford Islamic Studies is freely accessible.

Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online are there too for Arts and Humanities students.

INTERESTED IN PEOPLE:

Who's Who, Who was Who, and The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography are also there.

NEWS STORIES:

If the Argus Archive (which doesn't need a library membership card code) is no good to you, then Newsbank, providing full-text content from local and regional newspapers from 1998 onwards, or Times Digital Archive, a digital version of the microfilm of every issue of The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985, may help.

PRODUCT RESEARCH or TRACING YOUR ANCESTORS

Some other popular subscription services, such as Which? Magazine and Ancestory.com, are only available if you are logged on by a member of library staff within either Brighton or Hove Library.

WHAT ELSE IS ONLINE?

There are many more online resources available either via the links below or through Brighton and Hove City Libraries website:

1. The Library Catalogue

2. The East Sussex Community Information Service database

3. The Findit Guide to library collections throughout England

4. Brighton and Hove in pictures

5. The People's Network - the national face for public libraries

6. The city direct website - Brighton and Hove City Council services

This page was last updated by Ted on 12-Mar-2009
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