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Online Information Databases

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to genealogical resources including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents. You can access Ancestry Library Edition only in our public libraries.

To access the Oxford English Dictionary you will need your library number only if you are accessing from home. Library numbers are not required when using the resource in our libraries. 
Explore over 1,000 years of the English language with the Oxford English Dictionary, an unsurpassed guide to the meaning,
history, and pronunciation of over 500,000 entries from across the English-speaking world. Discover changes in language over time, spelling variations, pronunciation models, etymology, regional origin, and more!

Access images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

To access SCRAN from home, you will need your library number to login only. Library numbers are not required when using the resource in our libraries.

Three online encyclopaedias are available in World Book Online - Kids (primary age), Student, (secondary age) Advanced (adults) There are thousands of articles, as well as hundreds of maps, videos, and other media for all ages.

The British Newspaper Archive gives access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from 1703 -2003 including selected local newspapers. Content includes news articles, family notices, obituaries, advertisements and illustrations.

Access from public libraries only and you need to register for a free account.

Access to Research offers over ten million academic articles and research on subjects including art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences.

You can only visit Access to Research in our public libraries. It is not available to access from home.

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