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Online Resources A to Z

Your Library membership enables you to access, free, a varied range of online resources. These are listed alphabetically below.


lib_online_19cnews 19th Century Newspapers Database offers a selection of titles from around the British Isles including the Aberdeen Journal (1800-1900).
Access from anywhere.



Logo_accesstoresearch Access To Research allows users to browse thousands of academic articles on a wide variety of subjects. Access only in Aberdeen City Libraries.




Logo_Ancestry Ancestry Library Edition is one of the world's biggest and best commercial family history services. The library edition provides access to all of the records but does not feature some of the options possible with an individual account - e.g. saving records or creating a family tree. Access only in Aberdeen City libraries.


atomic_training Atomic Training is an online training resource containing short informative video tutorials on how to get the most from your computer software. Access from anywhere.


Logo_britannicaimagequest Britannica ImageQuest offers thousands of approved images to use in educational projects, such as homework etc. Access from anywhere.


Logo_britannicajunior Britannica Online (Junior Edition) Britannica Junior for Children. Access from anywhere.


Logo_britannicastudent Britannica Online (Student Edition) Britannica Student for Young People and Students. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_britishnewsarchive British Newspaper Archive contains millions of pages of historical news content, including the Press & Journal (1748 - 1950) and Evening Express (1879 - 1955) and enables keyword searching. Access only from Aberdeen City Libraries.


Logo_bsol British Standards Online (BSOL) provides access to the full text of over 60,000 British, adopted European and International Standards. Access only from Aberdeen City Libraries.


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 is a wonderful quirky online educational resource for children aged 3 - 6. Filled with fun, humorous characters and lively colourful settings, children will love playing these fun educational games. Access from anywhere.




Logo_cobra Cobra (Complete Business Reference Advisor) contains over 4000 detailed start-up guides, sector updates and reports covering the practical trading and regulatory issues in around 600 small business trades and professions. Access from anywhere.


Logo_britannicaadult Encyclopedia Britannica Online offer authoritative information on a diverse range of topics. Access from anywhere.



Logo_FindMyPast Find My Past is a family history resource. Access only from Aberdeen City Libraries.



Logo_freegal Freegal provides access to millions of music tracks from over 25000 labels for library members 12+ to download and stream for free with their library card. Parental guidance advised for 12 to 16 year olds as some tracks may contain explicit content. Access from anywhere.


Go Citzen Logo Go Citizen is a study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK or UK Citizenship test. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. Access from anywhere.


Go Citizen new logo Grid Club is a children's website offering educational resources, games, quizzes and activities based round curricular areas. Aimed mainly at 7-11 year olds, there are also some activities for 5-7s and 11+. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_illustratedlondon  is an archive of the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper from its debut in 1842 until 2003. Access from anywhere.


Logo_issuesonline Issues Online provides a safe, reliable place to explore today's most important social issues. It contains hundreds of articles, infographics, videos, assignment ideas and eBooks on topics ranging from human rights and domestic violence to drugs and alcohol. Access from anywhere.


Logo_JohnJohnson John Johnson Collection provides a unique insight into everyday life in eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain through digitised printed ephemera. Topics within the collection include nineteenth-century entertainment, the booktrade, popular prints, crimes, murders and executions, and advertising. Access from anywhere.


Logo_kompass Kompass EasyBusiness is a premium B2B resource containing information on over 5 million companies across 68 countries worldwide. Access from anywhere.


Logo_Naxos Naxos Music offers the most comprehensive collections of classical music available online. With tracks and albums to stream online, study information, resources and guided tours, there's something for everyone, free with your library card. Access from anywhere.



Logo_NaxosJazz Naxos Jazz offers one of the most comprehensive jazz collections available to stream for free online. With thousands of tracks and albums and Jazz artists of all genres, there's something for every Jazz music lover to listen to. Access from anywhere.


Logo_overdrive Overdrive Digital Library is the free, easy to use, Digital Library. Available 24/7 it allows library members to download and read eBooks and eAudiobooks with no late fees. Access from anywhere.



Logo_OxfordArtOnline Oxford Art Online is an authoritative resource detailing the world of art and artists. Incorporating Grove Art, as well as Benezit Dictionary of Artists, users can browse articles on a wide range of subjects, including history, styles and biographies. Access from anywhere.


Logo_oxfordbibliographies Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides to Victorian and British and Irish Literature. It is perfect for highlighting key topics and points which can be used for further in depth research. Access from anywhere.


Logo_oxforddictionaries Oxford Dictionaries offers access to up-to-date dictionaries, thesauruses and language reference content in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Access from anywhere.



Logo_dnb Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 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. Access from anywhere.


Logo_oed Oxford English Dictionary  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. Access from anywhere.



Logo_OxfordMusicOnline Oxford Music Online  offer users the chance to explore Grove Music and many other works to discover detail on the music industry; including record labels, performers and the many different genres of music from early roots to the modern era. Access from anywhere.


Logo_OxfordReference Oxford Reference Online is a collection of reference works which includes encyclopedias, subject dictionaries and language dictionaries from the publishing stable of Oxford University Press. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_oxvshort Oxford Very Short Introductions offers users the chance to read a selection of the popular series of books "Very Short Introductions" online. So whether it is mathematics, nutrition, British politics or contemporary art this resource is the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_logo_Rock Rocks BackPages covers all genres of popular music from the 1950s to the present: from Abba to Zappa and Aaliyah to ZZ Top. With over 25,000 full text articles including interviews, features, album and concert reviews. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_scotsman Scotsman Archive offers every edition of the newspaper from 1817 to 1950. Enter card number and log in, then click on "News" and choose The Scotsman. Access from anywhere.


Logo_scran SCRAN is an award-winning learning website with over 360,000 images, videos and sounds from museums, galleries and archives. It covers a wide range of subjects including local history, architecture, fashion and much more. Access from anywhere.


Logo_SilverCityVault The Silver City Vault is the library's online archive of historic photographs and documents relating to Aberdeen. Take a trip through time to learn about local history, trace an ancestor or simply browse through a selection of fascinating images. Access from anywhere.


Theory Test Pro Logo Theory Test Pro enables you to try a realistic online simulation of the UK Driving Theory Test. Log on to set up your free personal account. Access from anywhere.



Logo_totalpatent TotalPatent™ by LexisNexis. contains details of published patent specifications from over 100 patent authorities worldwide including the full text of patent documents from 30 authorities. Access  only from Aberdeen City Libraries


Transparetn Language Online Logo Transparent Language Online provides free language learning with over 90 different languages to choose from. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_newsstand UK Newsstand is a selection of newspapers from the UK and Ireland. Enter card number and log in, then click on "News" and choose UK Newsstand. Access from anywhere.


lib_online_ukpress UK Press Online offers a wide range of historic newspapers, including access to the Daily Express from 1900 to the present. Access from anywhere.


Which Logo Magazines and online access available in the Central Library, and in Airyhall, Bridge of Don, Bucksburn, Cornhill, Culter, Cults, Dyce, Ferryhill and Kincorth Community Libraries.



Logo_whoswho Who's Who & Who Was Who is an essential directory of noteworthy and influential people in every area of public life. This online resource has biographical entries spanning from 1898 to date making it an ideal resource for researching British history. Access from anywhere.



lib_online_zinio Zinio eMagazines ,the Library's eMagazine service offers full digital copies of your favourite magazines available for free download to your computer, smartphone or tablet with no late fees. Access from anywhere.


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