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Online books and reference resources

Online books

Find online resources on these websites:

  • British Library webpagecontaining links to freely available internet sites which are known to contain digitised (and some searchable) arts and humanities text
  • Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks for you to download or read online
  • Bartleby publishes thousands of free classics of reference, literature and non-fiction
  • Internet Public Libraryhosted by Drexel University in USA, this is a lively listing of many collections of online books
  • Explorion for historical travelogues, full texts of classic books, journals of discovery and personal adventures

Online reference sources

  • Access to Research  gives access to a wide range of academic articles and research contained in academic journals and conference proceedings
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica provides instant access to the world's most famous and authoritative source of information; to use it, enter your Dorset library card number, for example, 001234567A
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography explore the lives of over 55,000 people who have shaped the British past over the last 2,400 years; enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced by DORSET, for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford English Dictionary online (OED) is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world; enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced by DORSET, for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Reference Online is a vast online reference library combining in-depth content offered by titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum; enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced with DORSET, for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Who's Who contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide; enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced with DORSET, for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Dictionaries is your destination whenever you need language guidance; enter your Dorset library card number, prefaced with DORSET, for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online is a series of intuitive and easy-to-use "ultimate reading lists", designed to help users navigate vast seas of information

Art and music online resources

  • Oxford Music Online: award-winning and the ultimate authority on all aspects of music worldwide, from classical to hip-hop and from baroque to blues; enter your Dorset library card number prefaced by DORSET, for example, DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Art Online: the ultimate authority on all aspects of the visual arts worldwide; from prehistory to the present day; enter your Dorset library card number prefaced by DORSET, for example, DORSET001234567A

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