Online resources - list by subject

ll the resources listed below and on our A to Z list are free to use if you are a member of Westminster Libraries.

Go straight to: Quick reference & encyclopaedias | Advice & help | Art & designBeliefs & Customs | Biography | Books | Business | Family history | Law | Learning & careers | Music & performing arts | Newpapers & magazines | Social issues

24/7 resources are available anywhere you can reach the Internet. Outside the library, you will need your library card number to log in. Click on the title to go directly to the web page.

In House Specials (IHS) are available at one or more Westminster library (as noted for each individual resource), but not elsewhere. Library staff may need to log you in - please ask us. Click on the library name to get location and contact details

If you are looking for something specific and cannot see it here, try looking on our list of who's got which resource in London.

Quick reference & encyclopaedias

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Access to Research Free access in public libraries to thousands of academic journals including  business, engineering, history, medicine and science. IHS About Access to Research

Available in all libraries

Civil Service Yearbook Contact details for all government depts, offices, museums, QUANGOs, libraries, etc. IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
Credo Reference A wide range of high quality reference books, searchable through a common interface. 24/7 About Credo Reference
Gale Virtual Reference Library Over 120 eBooks on Arts, Humanities and Sciences. 24/7 About Gale Virtual Reference Library
KnowUK Directories and information sources on all aspects of life in this country. 24/7 About KnowUK
Oxford Dictionaries  Pro English language reference tools including dictionaries, thesauruses and guides to English and American usage, with audible pronunciations. 24/7  

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

A collection of ebooks on the arts, literature & language, science & social science, and history & culture.

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About Oxford Digital Reference

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) The most extensive dictionary of the English language and its origins. 24/7 About Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Language Dictionaries Translate words between English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and German, and hear how they are pronounced. 24/7 About Oxford Language Dictionaries
Oxford Reference Online Over 200 reference books from the Oxford University Press. 24/7 About Oxford Reference Online

 Advice & help

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Which? Local Forum for Which? readers to recommend service providers used in their local area. IHS Available only at Marylebone Information Service
Which?

Test results, recommendations and advice guides.

IHS Available only at Marylebone, Pimlico, St John's Wood, Victoria & Westminster Reference Library

Art & design

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Art Abstracts & Art Full Text

Bibliographic database of periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins

24/7 For remote access, log in to the e-library then click on 'Online reference' in the menu bar.
Art Index Retrospective Citations to Art Index volumes 1-32 of the printed index (1929 and 1984). Cites articles and reproductions from 579 art publications throughout the world.  IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
Benezit Dictionary of Artists Available via Oxford Art Online, Benezit features nearly 170,000 artists. Many images of artists' signatures and monograms are included, plus detailed museum listings. 24/7  
Burlington Magazine Index  Indexing and content from the fine arts magazine from 1903 to 1992. IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
Design & Applied Arts Index  The leading source of abstracts and bibliographic records for articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onwards. IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
Fashion Monitor   IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
John Johnson Collection 65,000 items of printed ephemera. Particularly strong on advertising and 19th C entertainment materials, including tickets, programmes and playbills, but also including popular topographical, satirical and humorous prints.  24/7  
Oxford Art Combines Grove Art (45,000 articles) with the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. 24/7 About Oxford Art Online

Beliefs and Customs

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Oxford Biblical Studies Online Combines a series of six authoritative bible texts with related biblical texts, and a framework of study guides and commentaries. 24/7  
Oxford Islamic Studies Online Find out more about Islam and the Qur'an from over 3000 articles from dedicated scholars.  24/7  

Biography

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) The most authoritative collection of British biographies (over 58,000 entries). 24/7 About Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Who's Who and Who Was Who Directory of the noteworthy and influential, plus Who Was Who: 100,000+ entries from the archives of Who’s Who dating back to 1898 24/7 About Who's Who

Books

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
E-books from Askew Holt Free downloadable books for Westminster Libraries members 24/7 Please follow the instructions on the e-books page to sign up
E-audiobooks from OneClickdigital Free downloadable audiobooks for Westminster Libraries members 24/7 Please follow the instructions on the​ e-audiobooks page to sign up
Bookseller Online database of the magazine's articles, charts of sales, and other in-depth information about the book trade. IHS Available at Westminster Reference Library and Marylebone Information Service
Contemporary Authors Biographical and comprehensive bibliographical information on more than 100,000 modern authors. 24/7 About Contemporary Authors
London Review of Books Full-text archive of articles from the British literary review from 1979 to date. IHS Available only at Marylebone Information Service

Business

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
COBRA Complete business reference adviser, including opportunities, markets, financial & legal info. 24/7 About COBRA
Experian MarketIQ In-depth company information (similar to Fame), incl. accounts, locations, directors, shareholders & products/services provided. IHS

About Experian MarketIQ

Available only at Church Street, Paddington, Pimlico and Westminster Reference Library

Grantfinder Lists over 6,000 funding opportunities: grants, tax breaks, loans, and awards, covering almost every sector, from the UK and EU. IHS

About Grantfinder

Available only at Church StreetPaddington, Pimlico and Westminster Reference Library

Integrated Tariff (Revenue & Customs) - provides information on taxes payable to UK customs upon import/export of goods. IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library
Keynote Market reports covering a wide variety of subjects .
 
IHS Available only at Church Street, Paddington, Pimlico and Westminster Reference Library
Kompass [Inside the library][Outside the library] Worldwide directory covering thousands of companies and their products; exporters, importers, suppliers and more. 24/7 About Kompass

Marketline Advantage 
[Inside the library] [Outside the library]

In-depth information on companies and markets from around the world. 24/7 For remote access, log in to the e-library then click on 'Online reference' in the menu bar.
Mintel Wide range of market research reports from a very highly regarded source. IHS

About Mintel

Available only at Westminster Reference Library

Family history

Title Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Ancestry Key records for family history research, including 1841-1911 census; birth, marriage and death records; street directories, telephone directories, school and military lists . IHS

About Ancestry

Available in all libraries

Find My Past  Excellent for searching for your family's history, specialising in UK records. IHS

About Find My Past

Available in all libraries

Law

Title Description 24/7 or IHS  More info
Westlaw Legal database of cases and legislation with access to useful legal journals, books and news.  IHS

About Westlaw

Available only at Westminster Reference Library & Marylebone Information Service

Learning & careers

Title Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Go Citizen Study resources and practice tests for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Citizenship test. 24/7  
Learning Nexus: Online Independent Learning Computer and business skills for personal and small business use. Please note that you must register at any Westminster library before you first use Learning Nexus.

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About Learning Nexus
Theory Test Pro Study resources and practice tests for candidates preparing for the Driving Theory Test, including Hazard Perception tests with video simulations. 24/7  

Music & performing arts

Title Description 24/7 or IHS More info
International index to Performing Arts A database indexing a great many performing arts magazines / journals. Also includes some full text articles. 24/7  
International Index to Music Periodicals Indexing and abstracts for several music journals and magazines, plus some full-text articles from ProQuest. 24/7  
Music Online Reference Music reference resources from Alexander Street Press, including Classical, African American and World music, plus a scores library. 24/7 About Music Online Reference
Naxos Music Library Listen to nearly 87,000 CDs from Naxos and other labels. Classical, jazz, nostalgia, world and pop. Read sleeve notes, glossaries and fun stuff. 24/7 About Naxos Music Library
Oxford Music Online Combines Grove Music (Music & Musicians, Jazz, and Opera) with the Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Dictionary and Companion. 24/7 About Oxford Music Online
White Book Directory of entertainment companies, artistes and agents.  IHS Available only at Westminster Reference Library

Newspapers & magazines

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
E-magazines from Zinio Free downloadable magazines for Westminster Libraries members 24/7 Please follow the instructions on the Zinio for first time users page to sign up.
The Economist Fully searchable complete facsimile edition of the weekly paper covering politics, current affairs, business and trade, from 1843 to 2010. 24/7 About The Economist archive
Financial Times Historical Archive Searchable facsimile archive of the daily financial newspaper from 1888 to 2010 24/7 About the FT Archive
The Guardian and Observer archive Searchable facsimile archive of The Guardian and The Observer from 1791 to 2003. 24/7 About the Guardian & Observer
Illustrated London News Searchable facsimile archive of the magazine stretching from 1842 to 2003. 24/7 About the Illustrated London News
Lancet Full text of the medical research journal from July 1996, with searchable index back to 1823. IHS Available only at Marylebone Information Service
Library Press Display Newspapers from around the world, often online before the print edition. 24/7 About Library Press Display
New African Searchable and browsable facsimile edition of the monthly African news and current affairs magazine, with an archive dating back to 2007. IHS Available only at Marylebone Information Service
News Vault Single search across several news databases (Economist, FT, Illustrated London News, Picture Post, Times). Date ranges for these are noted elsewhere on this page. 24/7  
Newsbank Huge searchable archive of national & regional newspapers and magazines going from the current issue back several years. 24/7 About NewsBank
Picture Post Facsimile archive of the iconic photo-journalism magazine chronicling life in Britain throughout the Second World War and the years of austerity following it, 1938-1957. 24/7 About Picture Post
The Times Digital Archive A fully searchable facsimile edition of the Times covering 1785-2008. 24/7 About the Times Digital Archive
UK Press Online Fully-searchable facsimiles of the Daily Mirror from 1903 to the current issue. Also Daily & Sunday Express and Daily Star. 24/7 About UK Press Online
Zinio eMagazines Get full digital copies of a wide variety of current magazines  for free, on your computer, smartphone or tablet. 24/7 Please follow the instructions on the Zinio for first time users page to sign up

Social Issues

Title & link Description 24/7 or IHS More info
Issues Online Aimed primarily at students wishing to gain a better understanding of the world around them and the issues which affect their lives, but useful to anyone researching social issues. 24/7 About Issues Online
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