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Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference is the premier online reference platform, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopaedias. Log in by using the word SHEF immediately followed by your 9 digit library card number.

Oxford English Dictionary 

Containing 600,000 words and 3 million quotations. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is an unrivalled guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present - from across the English-speaking world. Log in by using the word SHEF immediately followed by your 9 digit library card number.

Credo Reference

Thousands of articles, videos, images and topic pages covering a wide range of subjects. Log in using your Sheffield Libraries card number.

Access to Research

Free access to thousands of academic research journals. Subjects include Art, Medicine, Business, Language, Politics and many others. Access to Research is only available for free if using a library computer.

UK Newspapers via Newsbank

Read current and historic articles from UK newspapers for free. Search for specific news articles in national and local newspapers including The Star, Yorkshire Post, Financial Times, and Guardian.

Cobra

An extensive database of information, ideas and how-to-guides related to starting up, running or supporting the development of a small business.

Oxford Dictionary of Family names in Britain & Ireland

The ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. Log in by using the word SHEF immediately followed by your 9 digit library card number.

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