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Britannica Academic (on campus login)
Britannica Academic (off campus login)
Online version of this authoritative encyclopaedia. Provides a good starting point for topics. Also links through to full text journal articles on topics covered in the encyclopaedia.
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JSTOR Plant Science (on campus login)
Information on plant type specimens and taxonomic structures.
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Literary Encyclopedia (on campus login)
Literary Encyclopedia (off-campus login - Shibboleth)
A reliable scholarly online literary reference work covering world literature. It includes biographies of writers and scholarly descriptions of all interesting texts written by these authors and a variety of descriptive and critical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters.
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Oxford English Dictionary Online (on campus login)
Oxford English Dictionary Online (off campus login)
Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language this dictionary is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
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Oxford Reference (on campus login)
Oxford Reference (off campus login)
Gives quick reference information together with authoritative, in-depth articles. Contains the full text of over 130 dictionaries, plus an encyclopaedia, thesauri, and guides to English grammar and usage. Includes a wide range of additional material such as maps, illustrations and timelines. Access to the Western Civilisation subject collection is also available.
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Birmingham Public Library online services
Free if you register with Birmingham public libraries. Includes access to full-text of local and national newspapers for at least a decade, music collections and other online reference tools.

British Media Online
Links to all UK newspapers and selection of magazines.

Encyclopaedia of Life
This site has the aim of creating a page for every known species on earth, with a five year plan to generate a million species pages, to digitize a large portion of the biodiversity literature and to generate educational materials for students, schools and universities

Displays daily newspaper front pages from around the world in their original, unedited form.

Links to online news and media sources.

Onelook Dictionary Finder
Allows you to search several dictionaries simultaneously, or link to specific online dictionaries.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias
A collection of digital Encyclopedias covering a variety of subject areas. Composed of peer-reviewed overview articles that map the entirety of a field of study.

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