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Virtual Reference Library

Tameside Libraries members can get free instant access to hundreds of reference resources and thousands of newspaper articles with our online library services. If you are a Tameside Libraries member you can access these resources from any PC with internet access in the library, at home, anywhere. Simply type in your library card number to log in.

Don't have a library card? Find out how how to join the library.

Available to Library Members from any PC

  • Access to Research  - Access many of the world’s best academic papers across science, technology, medicine and other disciplines.
  • Cobra - The Complete Business Reference Advisor
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Contains thousands of articles covering a range of topics.
  • Funding and Advice 
  • Go Citizen An online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test 
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 50,000 biographies of people who shaped Britain and beyond
  • Theory Test Pro Contains all the practice questions for your Theory Test along with Hazard Perception videos and access to the Highway code

 

Access to Research  Access to Research Logo

 

What is Access to Research?

Access to Research provides access many of the world’s best academic research across many subjects including science, technology, medicine and other disciplines. Search with keywords, refine or narrow, view results and access content through the publisher's website. Some articles are freely available although others require payment.

For further details download Access to Research Guide. pdf
Note: access is only available via Tameside Library PCs.

Enter Access to Research Link to External Website

Cobra

 

Cobra LogoWhat is COBRA?

COBRA is 'The Complete Business Reference Advisor'. A comprehensive, practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market, COBRA is the ultimate Business resource! Access to Cobra is provided via the Ask about Business Link to External Website Partnership. Cobra Includes:Ask about Business logo

  • Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) - hundreds of small business idea guides
  • Business Information Factsheets (BIFs) - over 300 practical how-to guides, reports, checklists and factsheets covering hundreds of small business subjects
  • Business Legal Library - clear explanations on over 300 current laws and regulations facing small businesses

  ... and much much more!

Tameside Libraries members can use Cobra free of charge! Simply follow the link below and follow the instructions on screen to log in using your Library Key Card number. Your Library Key Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and it begins with 28016.

Enter Cobra Link to External Website

Encyclopaedia Britannica


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What is Encyclopaedia Britannica?

Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition gives you instant access to the full text of the Encyclopedia Britannica standard edition and the Student and Junior Encyclopedia Britannica's. It contains thousands of articles covering a huge range of topics. You can print articles or email them to yourself or your friends to use at a later date. So, whether you are researching a subject, need help with your homework or just want to look up a fact, check out the online Encyclopedia Britannica "Library Edition".

How do I access Encyclopaedia Britannica?

If you are a member of Tameside Libraries, you can use the online Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition free of charge! This gives you access to Britannica Junior, Britannica Student and Britannica Adult. Simply click on the link below and type in your library key card number to log in. Your Library Key Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and begins with 28016. Please type it in with no spaces.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Junior edition Link to External Website (ages 5 to 10)

Encyclopedia Britannica - Student edition Link to External Website (ages 10 to 14)

Encyclopedia Britannica - Adult edition Link to External Website (ages 14 and up)

Funderfinder - People in Need

 

Funderfinder logoFunderfinder

Unfortunately, FunderFinder is unavailable because it has closed down. Visit our Funding Information page for recommended websites and information about funding and advice.

Go Citizen

 

gocitizenlogoWhat is Go Citizen?

Go Citizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test. This is a comprehensive and proven study package. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test. Go Citizen is completely free to all members of Tameside Libraries, simply follow the instructions below for access.

How do I access Go Citizen?

Please note that accessing the software from within any Tameside Library and accessing the software from home differs slightly. Please follow the appropriate instructions to access Go Citizen.

If you are using Go Citizen from within any Tameside Library

To access the Go Citizen website, click on the link below. The first time you use Go Citizen, you will need to create an account (even from within the library). To create an account, follow the on screen instructions. You will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. Once you have completed the registration process you won't need to do this again but you will need to login. If you do not have an email address, you will need to create one.

The next time login, click on the link below then click on the link at the top of the page which says 'Already signed up? Click here to sign in'. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you have signed up at the library but subsequently wish to access the resource from home, you will need to enter your library barcode number as well as your email address and password.

If you are using Go Citizen from your own PC

To access the Go Citizen website, click on the link below. The first time you use Go Citizen, you will need to create an account. To create an account, follow the on screen instructions. In the third box down, you will be asked to enter your library barcode number. This can be found on your Library Key Card and begins 28016 (please type it in with no spaces). You will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. Once you have completed the registration process you won't need to do this again but you will need to login. If you do not have an email address, you will need to create one.

The next time login, click on the link below then click on the link at the top of the page which says 'Already signed up? Click here to sign in'. You will need to enter your email address, library barcode number and your password to login to the site. 

Enter the Go Citizen website Link to External Website

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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What is the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography?

The online Oxford DNB is an illustrated database of over 50,000 biographies. It provides information about the lives of men and women who shaped Britain's past, from the fourth century BC right up to the year 2001. So if you need information about a famous person's life, why not check out the Oxford DNB?

How do I access the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography?

Tameside Libraries members can use the online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography free of charge!  Simply click on the link below and enter your library card number into the 'Library barcode login' box part way down the left hand side of the page. Your Library Key Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and begins with 28016. Please type it in with no spaces.

Enter the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Link to External Website

Theory Test Pro

 

theorytestprologoWhat is Theory Test Pro?

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. The Theory Test questions for Premium large vehicles (PLV's) is also available. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests. Theory Test Pro is completely free to all members of Tameside Libraries, simply follow the instructions below for access.

Note: On 23 January 2012 the DSA made several changes to the driving theory test. You may already be aware of these changes but if you haven’t or just need a reminder, here are the details of the changes:

  • Cessation of the publication of live theory test question banks – This means that the questions used for revision are not the same as the questions used in the test. A new, secret, question bank will be used for the test.
  • A separate practice question bank for study purposes – These are the new questions used in theory test study materials. Any older resources (i.e. books or CDs from 2010, 2009 or earlier) will not have the new questions.
  • All study materials to include new knowledge and understanding text – The DSA requires study materials to include their official explanations to help ensure candidates fully understand the answer to each question.

Theory Test Pro has been fully updated to include all these changes and any subsequent alterations.

How do I access Theory Test Pro

Please note that accessing the software from within any Tameside Library and accessing the software from home differs slightly. Please follow the appropriate instructions to access Theory Test Pro.

If you are using Theory Test Pro from within any Tameside Library

To access the Theory Test Pro website, click on the link below. The first time you use Theory Test Pro, you will need to create an account (even from within the library). To create an account, follow the on screen instructions. You will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. Once you have completed the registration process you won't need to do this again but you will need to login. If you do not have an email address, you will need to create one.

The next time login, click on the link below then click on the link at the top of the page which says 'Already signed up? Click here to sign in'. You will need to enter your email address and your password. If you have signed up at the library but subsequently wish to access the resource from home, you will need to enter your library barcode number as well as your email address and password.

If you are using Theory Test Pro from your own PC

To access the Theory Test Pro website, click on the link below. The first time you use Theory Test Pro, you will need to create an account. To create an account, follow the on screen instructions. In the third box down, you will be asked to enter your library barcode number. This can be found on your Library Key Card and begins 28016 (please type it in with no spaces). You will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. Once you have completed the registration process you won't need to do this again but you will need to login. If you do not have an email address, you will need to create one.

The next time login, click on the link below then click on the link at the top of the page which says 'Already signed up? Click here to sign in'. You will need to enter your email address, library barcode number and your password to login to the site.
 

Enter the Theory Test Pro website Link to External Website


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