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Reference materials

Art, literature and music


  • Discovering Literature
  • Naxos Music Library
  • Oxford Art and Music Online

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Biographical, historical and family history

Includes reference materials to help you explore great historical events, trace your family tree or find out about a well-known person including:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Find My Past
  • The British Newspaper Archive
  • Who's Who and Who Was Who

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  • Access to Research
  • PressReader business e-magazines
  • Business support from Essex County Council
  • British Library and IP Centre

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Encyclopedias, dictionaries and general reference

Includes dictionaries, general reference and encyclopedias to suit various age groups including:

  • Junior, Student and Adult Britannica
  • Oxford Premium Reference Collection
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online

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Homework and education

A range of online sites to help with homework queries. You can also search for homework clubs in the library.

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Newspapers, magazines and current affairs

Includes a range of:

  • topical reports on current, social issues
  • national newspaper archives
  • journals and magazines

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