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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
  • 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 log in, enter your Dorset library card number - for example: 001234567A. Please note if you have a letter at the end of your card number, it must be upper case.
  • 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. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford English Dictionary online (OED) is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Reference Online is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Oxford Dictionaries is your destination whenever you need language guidance. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A
  • Very Short Introductions 
  • Oxford Bibliographies: British and Irish literature & Victorian literature
  • American National Biography Online

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. To log in, enter "DORSET" then your Dorset library card number for example: DORSET001234567A

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