eReference library


eReference library - encyclopedias, dictionaries and newspapers online

We have trusted online reference works which you can search from home or work. All you need is your borrower number. If you aren't a library member, find out how to join.

Do you want to find out who writes books like your favourite author?

Who Else Writes Like? will suggest writers you can try.
You can also meet your next favourite book at good reads or browse fantastic fiction for further great reading ideas.

Do you want to read current and back issues of national and local newspapers published in the UK and Ireland?

This includes the Derby Telegraph from 31st March 2008.
NewsBank Access UK and Ireland gives you the full text of over 300 newspapers, including 22 national and 13 regional titles. Each newspaper is fully searchable.

Do you want to read about Derby and your ancestors in the 19th century and in the 20th century up to 1950?

Infotrac newspapers and magazines lets you read the Derby Mercury from the 19th century and the Derby Daily Telegraph from 1879 to 1950, as well as over 100 other regional 19th century papers.

Do you want help with homework or just to look up some information?

Try the trusted Encyclopedia Britannica.
You can choose the Encyclopaedia Britannica - Library Edition for complex enquiries or the Encyclopedia Britannica - Student Library Edition if you need less detail.
For basic information, the Encyclopedia Britannica - Junior Library Edition will answer your questions.

Do you have a general information enquiry?

Search our range of well known Oxford University Press reference sources.
Oxford Reference Online 100 general reference books.
Oxford English Dictionary meanings for over half a million words.
Oxford Dictionaries - help with style, usage, grammar and spelling, as well as online dictionaries
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography information on over 55,000 lives.
Oxford Art Online art enquiries.
Oxford Music Online Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
New Oxford Shakespeare A new consideration of Shakespeare's works
Very Short Introductions: Public Library Starter pack
Oxford Bibliographies: British And Irish Literature & Victorian Literature
To search any of these resources, you need to enter DERBY plus your borrower number with no spaces in the library card number box on the home page of the resource. For example: DERBY12345678X.

Weblinks you can trust

Here is a list of authoritative websites you can trust to give you up to date information. They cover a range of popular subject areas.

Do you want to know about online safety?

Get safe online is the UK's leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.


Do you have a health enquiry or want to find out about local health services, such as GPs and dentists?

NHS Choices is the UK's biggest health website. It provides comprehensive health information services to help put you in control of your healthcare.

Fingertips has gathered together many public health indicators and generates local health profiles.

Jobs and careers

Are you looking for information about working, jobs and pensions and jobsearching online?

The first place you should always go is to the Working, Jobs and Pensions section of the government website. This is the portal to all government information. If you are looking for work, Universal Jobmatch enables you to search and apply for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad.

Do you need careers advice or help with a CV?

The National Careers Service provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding. It also has a CV builder and skills checker.

Do you want to gain work experience through volunteering or support people and services that matter to you?

Search Do-it for over one million volunteering opportunities throughout the country.


Do you want to make life easier by getting online?

Learn my way offers free online courses to:
• improve your English, reading, writing and computer skills
• learn how you can benefit from being online - shopping, job searching, banking, for example
• learn about government online services and forms which you have to access online
• enhance your leisure time


Are you self employed or do you want to set up your own business?

Go to the Business and Self Employed section of the government website. This is the portal to all government information.

Consumer and welfare rights

Do you need up to date information about welfare rights and benefits?

Go to the Benefits section of the government website. This is the portal to all government information. Find out about benefit entitlement, how benefit payments are made and use benefit calculators.

Have you bought some faulty goods or experienced problems with a local trades person?

The Citizens Advice website will answer all your consumer questions and give you advice you can trust.

Law and government

Do you need access to the full text of current legislation, such as Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments?

The government Legislation website is the official home of UK legislation from 1267 to the present. The site is fully searchable.

Do you want information about MPs and parliamentary business?

The UK Parliament website has details of all MPs, members of the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet and all government ministers. You can also find Hansard, the verbatim record of parliamentary debates.