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Britannica Online

Versatile encyclopaedia available in three versions to cater for all ages:

Britannica Junior A2Z

Britannica Junior - For ages 5 - 11 years.


Britannica Student A2Z

Britannica Student - For ages 12 - 18 years.


Britannica Online A2Z

Encyclopedia Britannica


Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online is a collection of reference works which includes, in a single cross-searchable resource, encyclopedias, subject dictionaries and language dictionaries from the publishing stable of Oxford University Press.

Issues Online
Issues Online provides access to comprehensive information on a huge variety of topics, covering a diverse range of social, environmental and ethical issues.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. Find the meaning, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 English words - past and present. Click on "Sign In" then enter card number in "Library Card Number" box.

Oxford Dictionaries Pro

Oxford Dictionaries Pro with its up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses and language reference content, is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

For guidance on making best use of this resource go to the Oxford Dictionaries Pro Tour. You can watch a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation or take in three short videos.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography is an illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past. New entries added three times annually.

Silver City Vault

 The Silver City Vault contains over a thousand images of Aberdeen with over 50,000 records from various sources including our Obituary Index, Marriage Index, List of Paupers, Periodical index and Newspaper Index.

So if you are looking to trace an Aberdeen ancestor, search for a specific aspect of Aberdeen's history or simply want to browse through our selection of fascinating images from the comfort of your home - take a trip into the Vault and start exploring today. 

Tell Me More A2Z

Tell Me More delivers online language learning from the comfort of your own home.  Learn from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Dutch.  Build upon and evaluate your reading, writing, speaking, listening and cultural skills.

How to use this resource:
 - Register and download the Auralog software - only required on first visit
 - Each registration activates a licence which will last for a year.
 - Please do not activate a licence if you do not wish to use the course.
 - Microphone & speakers essential

More information about Tell Me More can be found here Tell Me More Information

Who's Who and Who Was Who

Who's Who & Who Was Who offers online access to over 30,000 short biographies of living notable individuals, from all walks of life and over 10,000 entries from the archives dating back to 1898. Find details including full name, titles if any, birth date and date of death, family history, education, honours, career history, publications and contact details.

Who Else Writes Like

Who Else Writes Like is now available online and is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It answers the perennial question "I've read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?"  

World Book Web World Book Encyclopedia is offered in3 versions; Kids, Student and Advanced. It can also be viewed in French and Spanish versions.

Walk-In Users Service at Aberdeen University Library

Users of our databases may be interested to know about the Walk-In Users Service offered to the public by Aberdeen University Library. Walk-In users have access to many of the University Library's extensive range of full-text and bibliographic databases under these headings:

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Cross Disciplinary
  • Humanities
  • Sciences

Details of what is available, how to make use of the service and the conditions of use can be found at  Aberdeen University Walk-In Users 

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