Online Information Resources
Aberdeenshire Libraries provides free access to a number of online reference resources.
All can be used on the computers in our libraries and on your own device in libraries with wi-fi. Many of these can be used from home by library members and this is indicated at the resource.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - biographies of notable UK people who have shaped British history
Who's Who and Who was Who - biographies of noteworthy and influential people who have or have had an impact on British life.
Other useful biography web resources can be found in Weblinks
Library access only - Ask staff to log you in
Other useful consumer information web resources can be found in Weblinks
Oxford Dictionaries - online English dictionary, thesauruses and grammar guides
Oxford English Dictionary - meanings, history or pronunciation of more than 600,000 words. A definitive record of the English language.
Other useful dictionary web resources can be found in Weblinks
Theory Test Pro - simulation of the UK's car, HGV, PCV and motorcycle driving theory tests. You must sign up and create a username and password to use this resource.
Library access: Click on the 'Sign In Tab' and enter your email address and password
Home access: Click on the 'Sign In' Tab and enter your email address, your password and your library membership card number .
Other useful Driving web resources can be found in Weblinks
Dawsonera - Gain access to hundreds of study guides and past papers via our academic e-book collection.
Library and home access: Sign in using your library card number and the password: Aberdeenshire1
OUP Very Short Introductions - a selection of ten e-book titles on topics such as contemporary art, history, nutrition and politics which can be accessed from the full collection
Library and home access: Click on your chosen book and sign in using your library card number
Britannica Online - There are 3 encyclopaedias with age appropriate material from child-friendly to adult learning.
World Book - Age appropriate online encyclopaedias with articles, images, audio and video, delivering good quality information.
Other useful encyclopedia web resources can be found in Weblinks.
Ancestry Library Edition - genealogical resources including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents
Library and home access Use voucher to access
Other useful family history web resources can be found in Weblinks
Oxford Reference - includes key titles in Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series and illustrated natural history titles such as Encyclopedia of Mammals.
Oxford Bibliographies - research guides on British and Irish Literature and Victorian Literature
Home access: Sign in using your library card number
Access to Research - Over ten million academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.
British Newspapers Archive - Archive of digitised British and Irish newspapers from 1710 to 1955, including Aberdeen, Banffshire and Stonehaven Journals. You need to register in order to obtain free access.
Fraserburgh Herald - searchable archives of the newspaper from 1884 to 1920
Library and home access - No login required
Newsbank - search and browse current and archived news articles from UK national and Scottish newspapers
Home access - Sign in using your library membership number
Other useful newspaper and magazine resources can be found in Weblinks
Scran - quality images, sounds, movies and learning resources representing Scottish culture and history
Library access: Choose the name of the library you are at the drop down list.
Home access: Choose Aberdeenshire Council and then enter your library card number. You will also need to type in the words displayed in the box before clicking on login.
Other useful history web resources can be found in Weblinks