e-reference

As a library member, you can browse the e-reference collection on your device.

Choose from the resources below and when prompted, login with either your library card number, or the last 10 digits of your smart card* (or National Entitlement Card*).

National Library of Scotland eResources

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland offers free access to a range of e-resources. Their digitised collections include maps from all over the world, manuscripts, books, photos, music scores, and Scottish films. If you reside in Scotland you can access these resources from any computer by registering as a member of the National Library of Scotland. Registration gives you access to SCOTBIS online (Scottish Business Information Service), COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor) Findmypast, The Scotsman Digital Archive, Times Digital Archive, Grove Music, NewBank Access UK & Scottish Newspapers, JSTOR (digital library), and more.

Learning to Drive

Theory Test PRO

Theory Test Pro is a 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.  Theory Test Pro is licensed by the DVSA.
Access to Theory Test Pro is completely free within any of our libraries and can also be accessed from home with a Perth & Kinross Library card.

Research people

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains the life stories of over 60,000 people who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. As well as searching by name you can look up people by place of birth, school, year of death, subject field etc.
Precede your card number with the word ‘perth’ (in lowercase) when logging in.

  Oxford University Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions provide the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly, with expert authors making often challenging topics highly readable. This e-resource is available from a library computer and from home by logging with your library card number.

   Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature & British and Irish Literature

If you are a member of a UK public library you can access Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature for free by logging in with your library card. Every article on Oxford Bibliographies is a respected guide to current thinking in that area, written and reviewed by experts, and with original commentary and annotations.

 

Ancestry

Ancestry is the world’s largest online library of family history information. There are record collections from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas, as well as historical census, Birth, Marriages and Deaths, military, immigration and parish records.
Library members can access Ancestry for free from library computers (or when connected to our library wireless network).

Images, music and art

SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network)

Explore over 490,000 images, movies and sounds from world-class museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media. See the Pathfinder Packs for images on specific topics for easy use in schools or for private study.  Topics cover a huge range including: the Picts, Ancient Egypt and Post War Scotland. These quality images can be downloaded (for non commercial use) to create attractive visual inserts in text, and even individual cards and calendars.

Newspapers, statistics and encyclopedias

ProQuest UK Newsstand

For access to Regional, National and International news from 175 publications.

Scottish Statistical Accounts

Based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister, the Statistical Accounts of 1791-99 and 1834-45 provide a rich record of wealth, class and poverty, climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people. Free access from library PCs.

Britannica Online

Britannica Library contains comprehensive information for all ages. With differentiated, age-appropriate content, readers can access resources that cover numerous topics – from arts and humanities to science and maths – that are engaging, accessible and safe.

Free access, you can login with either your library card number, or the last 10 digits of your smart card* (or National Entitlement Card*).

Reader Resources

Who Else Writes Like…?

Wondering what to read next? www.whoelsewriteslike.com is an established reference web resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. With the click of a mouse users can browse by genre or go straight to an author of interest, check up on characters and series or the latest prize-winning writers, and follow the links to authors’ websites for additional information.

 

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