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These subscription databases are not freely available to all internet users, but as a Vale of Glamorgan Library member, all you need is your library card number and you can browse some of the most reliable, in-depth and entertaining internet resources.
These online subscription databases are only accessible on our library PCs.
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The Access to Research service is a new initiative to give free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK.
Access to Research
Discover your family history and build a family tree with Ancestry. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more.
Blackwell Reference is the largest academic online reference library giving instant access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship across the social sciences and humanities.
Blackwell Reference Online
An online reference of public persons and bodies in Wales.
Wales Yearbook Online
Trace your ancestry and build a family tree by researching extensive birth records, census data, obituaries and more with Findmypast.
Find My Past
Access any of these resources from home, on the go or in the library.
To access our resources from home, you'll need your library card number.
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and websites.
european souces online
An online database providing access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe and issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders.
European Sources Online
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A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialised reference sources.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.
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A comprehensive reference source with articles addressing contemporary social issues such as rights and discrimination, drugs, crime and the environment.
Click on 'login' in the top right of the Issues home page: this will automatically log you in on a library PC; otherwise you will be asked to type in your libary card number.
Issues Online website
laws and rights
Provides access to up to date legal information. It covers everything from adoption to zebra crossings, including housing, employment, taxation, social security, family law, immigration and consumer rights.
Law and Rights
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Summarises statutes and statutory instruments that relate to starting, growing and operating a business in England, Wales and Scotland. The legal regime is just part of understanding the business environment; funding, business support information and business regulation complete the picture.
Law and Business
Please note that when accessing Oxford resources and Who's Who remotely, e.g. on your own device or from home, you will need to type the letters "vg" followed by your library card number, e.g. vg30191234.
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VSI online provides 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.
Currently available topics include 20th Century Britain, British Politics, Drugs, Contemporary Art, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, The Earth, Planets and a literature collection.
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The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
Access exclusive, authoritative research guides on Victorian Literature and British and Irish Literature
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OLDO provides expert recommendations on grammar, spelling, and usage; essential guides to the written word; and specialist dictionaries for writers, editors, proofreaders, and other professionals. It also includes access to bilingual dictionaries in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Russian and includes unique language learning support material.
OLDO Bilingual Dictionaries
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Bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas
Browse over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life.
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ODNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK, and published by Oxford university Press.
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"The ultimate archive of music journalism" with over 30,000 articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years.
When accessing the resource on your own device type the letters "vg" followed by the membership number found on your library card.
Rock's Back Pages
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Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. This service is free to all members of Vale of Glamorgan Libraries.
Theory Test Pro
Helps to make reading fun! The online library consists of over 550 interactive stories and activities with voice overs, animations, quizzes, games and more for children aged 4 - 12+ years.
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The National Library of Wales also offers a wide range of electronic resources, ranging from scholarly journals to encyclopedias and newspapers. As a Vale of Glamorgan Library user you can register online to access these resources as long as you live in Wales and have a Welsh postcode.
Vale of Glamorgan Libraries offer access to historical editions of national and local newspapers.
Newsbank provides access to articles from over 800 newspapers, magazines and other publications throughout the UK and Ireland.
If you are using a PC in the library you can visit the Newsbank website.
To access UK Newsstand remotely, e.g. from home, visit the Newsbank website and enter your library card number.
The Times Digital Archive lets you view scanned pages of the Times from 1785 up until almost the present day.
Please note that only 3 users are able to access The Times Digital Archive at any one time.If you are unable to gain access it means 3 people are already using it, so please try again later.
N.B. Access to the more recent editions is limited to 6 years prior to the current year, e.g in 2017 the latest editions accessible are from 2011.
To access the Times from home you will need to enter your library card number.
19th Century British Library Newspapers offers digitised versions of national, regional and local 19th century British newspapers. It includes 48 titles, totalling approximately 2.2 million pages, which reflect the social and political developments of the time. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection. It includes three Welsh-language titles: Y Genedl, Goleuad and Baner Cymru. It also includes the Western Mail from 1 May 1869 – 31 Dec 1900. This was the period when Barry Docks was built and you can read the original reporting from the Western Mail’s campaign against it.
UKPressOnline lets you view and download searchable, as-published pages and editions of the Daily Mirror (from 1903 to the present day) and the Daily Express (from 1900 onwards). It also includes the Sunday Express and Daily Star (2000-present), and various years of the Church Times, The Watchman, Daily Worker, Morning Star. There is also a World War Two archive that includes editions of a number of newspapers from 1933-1945.
Welsh Newspapers Online is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers.