Reference and learning

Reference in the library

You’ll find collections of reference books in our libraries including almanacs,  atlases, biographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopaedias, yearbooks and field guides. You’ll also find newspapers and magazines.

Ask a librarian

Whatever your question, our team of librarians will aim to find the answer for you as soon as possible. Let us save you the time and trouble.

Ask Now – chat – whatever your question – chat or email and we’ll aim to find the answer for you.

Enquire 24/7 enquiry service – when the library is closed.

eReference Library

A reference library at home as well as in the library, selected by our information librarian. Includes our subscription websites which are free with your library card.

 

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Quick reference and encyclopaedias

  • Oxford Reference – free with your library card – type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Encyclopaedias, guides, companions, core academic subject, language, and quotations dictionaries, in-depth and specialist titles from Oxford University Press.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica – free with your library card. The world famous encyclopaedia available in three editions: Britannica Junior – ages 6 – 10; Britannica Student – ages 10 -14;  Encyclopaedia Britannica – older students and adults
  • Oxford Dictionaries – free with your library card – type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Definitions of words, phrases, and idioms; expert guidance on style and usage, grammar and spelling; a section on puzzles ,crosswords and word games.
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – free with your library card – type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Recognised as the definitive authority on the English language. It gives the meanings, history and pronunciations of words with fascinating examples of their usage down the centuries.
  • Guinness World Records
  • UK Street Maps
  • CIA World Factbook – history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 countries

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Books and reading

  • Oxford Reference – free with your library card –  type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Core academic subject dictionaries and in-depth, specialist titles from Oxford University Press
  • Very Short Introductions – free with your library card type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. You can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a particular subject.
  • Children’s book sequels – search for authors, series and titles
  • Fantastic Fiction – titles of over 30,000 authors, brief biographies, reading lists, series and sequel lists.
  • Which Book – for when you don’t know what to read next.

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Consumer and legal

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Community

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Driving, transport and tourism

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Film, TV, music and the arts

  • Screenonline – encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring clips from the British Film Institute National Archive; recorded interviews with film and TV personalities; authoritative articles and biographies. Video clips available on library computers.
  • Oxford Music Online – featuring Grove Music – free with your library card –  type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Comprehensive guide to classical music, including The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music. Also includes the Encyclopaedia of Popular Music.
  • Naxos – listen to whole CDs or individual tracks. Classical, jazz, blues, world and Chinese Music
  • Incorporated Society of Musicians – search for UK music teachers from the ISM, the UK’s professional association for musicians and music teachers.
  • Warwickshire Music Hub
  • Samuel French London
  • Stageplays

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Education, jobs and careers

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Local and family history

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Health and medicine

  • NHS Choices – all aspects of NHS services including information on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living
  • Patient UK – compiled by qualified medical practitioners providing information on health, lifestyle, disease and other medical related topics
  • General Medical Council – the medical profession in the UK, including The Medical Register – register of all doctors qualified to practice in the UK.
  • Contact a family – A-Z of specific conditions and rare syndromes mainly affecting children. Details of support groups
  • General Dental Council – dentists and dental care professionals in the United Kingdom.
  • eMC – information about medicines licensed for use in the UK and produces patient information leaflets

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Biography

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography – free with your library card –  type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). Biographical articles of men and women, who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.
  • Who’s Who and Who Was Who – free with your library card –  type WARKS before your library card number (no spaces). The leading source of autobiographical information of 33,000 influential people in British public life today. Who Was Who is an invaluable historical archive which collects together the entries of 100,000 people, now deceased, who were included in previous editions of Who’s Who.
  • Times Digital Archive – free with your library card. Covers The Times newspaper from 1785 to 2009 in digital format with searchable images.
  • bio – Concise biographies of over 25,000 notable people

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Languages

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News, newspapers and magazines

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Benefits

  • Advice Now – independent, not-for-profit website, providing information on rights and the law. Subjects include benefits, employment, health and social care.
  • Gov.UK – benefits – government information on benefits including universal credit, tax credits, eligibility and appeals
  • CAB – information about benefits and tax credits, council tax and housing costs, national insurance, payment of benefits and problems with benefits.

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Money matters

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Rights and citizenship

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Business

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Universal learning offer

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Reference and learning was last updated on November 29, 2017.


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