Below you will find lots of links to online resources.  Some are subject specific and others cut across a range of subjects.  Unfortunately information is not free, but many of these links are designed to take you to free resources.  However, there may be some which just take you to an abstract (this is what academic scholars write as a summary of their paper/article/book).

As well as supporting specific subject assignments you may also find this useful for reading around your subject to provide deeper understanding, who knows, this wider reading may also support your UCAS statement when you are in Year 13.

Please use this in conjunction with the Study Skills and Research page which has lots if hints and tips.

This covers 20th Century History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geography, Politics, Psychology, RS and Sociology.  These magazines are aimed specifically at A level students.  What you are able to search here is the old issues which go back a varying number of years.  
As well as general articles relevant to your courses they also have revision guides and exam tips written by the exam boards.
If you do a search it searches all the archives of all the subjects so think carefully about the keywords you use.

You will need to access this through the link sent to your college email.  This is because we pay for the resource and so cannot have a link from our open access website.

Delicious.com Indexed links to websites that have been useful for previous Historical signficance essays.









Dawsonera is an e-book platform that provides access to undergraduate level books.  We can use it to 'rent' e-books.  See Dan in IT to get a logon.



Both the City and the County Library services provide a range of online resources.  You can access both with a single library membership.  You just need your library card number and your PIN number.

County Library resources

  • John Johnson collection of printed ephemera - insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteeth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Oxford Reference Online - a collection of 240 reference titles
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford Music Online
  • Oxford Art Online
  • Life in Great Britain
  • Access to Research
  • British Newspaper Archives.

City Library Resources

  • 19th Century British Newspapers - local and regional, also cover national news
  • Credo Reference - collection of 500 resources
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Infotrac Newspapers - includes the Times and Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist and many others.
  • Oxford Art Online
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Oxford Music Online
  • Oxford Reference Online - a collection of 240 reference titles
  • Times Digital Archive - every page of the times from 1755 to 2006
  • Virtual Reference Library - covers 400 reference titles.
  • Who's Who and Who was Who - covers 130,000 people

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Directory of Open Access Journals – means they have the full text of articles from academic journals and you don’t have to pay for them.



Academic Journals Database is a universal index of periodical literature covering basic research from all fields of knowledge, and is particularly strong in medical research, humanities and social sciences. Academic Journals Database contains complete bibliographic citations, precise indexing, and informative abstracts for papers from a wide range of periodicals.
All journals are searchable on article level. Full-text from most of the articles is available.


BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.

Intellectually selected resources
Only document servers that comply with the specific requirements of academic quality and relevance are included
A data resources inventory provides transparency in the searches
Discloses web resources of the "Deep Web", which are ignored by commercial search engines or get lost in the vast quantity of hits.
The display of search results includes precise bibliographic data
Several options for sorting the result list
"Refine your search result" options (by author, subject, DDC, year of publication, collection, language and document type)
Browsing by DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) and document type.


OAIster (pronounced oyster) is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.


Infotopia.info, a site created by school librarians for students and their teachers, is a directory and search engine including only websites recommended by teachers, librarians, and library and educational consortia. Infotopia is a Google custom search engine of selected sites, so you get reliable resources in your search results, while still enjoying Google`s cool search features. KS3 and 4


Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.


Looking for Agricultural Science and Technology Information? Papers, data, statistics, and multimedia material, you get it with AGRIS all on one page


Open access to 1,074,154 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics  arXiv


BioOne Complete is BioOne's aggregation of more than 180 high quality, subscribed and open-access titles focused in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences..  Abstracts are free.


Welcome to CogPrints, an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics, and many areas of Computer Science (e.g., artificial intelligence, robotics, vison, learning, speech, neural networks), Philosophy (e.g., mind, language, knowledge, science, logic), Biology (e.g., ethology, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, behaviour genetics, evolutionary theory), Medicine (e.g., Psychiatry, Neurology, human genetics, Imaging), Anthropology (e.g., primatology, cognitive ethnology, archeology, paleontology), as well as any other portions of the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.


The Google Play Sound/Music Search widget can help you recognize music and songs playing around you.  Music, Media


A selection from The Women's Library @ LSE collection is accessible from the Digital Library.

The resource presents a representative sample of the collection, featuring more than 300 items from the 16th Century to the present day and 35 rare books digitised in full.  History


Advanced search with PsychSpider, the psychology search engine of ZPID.


The anatomical Sciences Dgital Library Collection brings together links to peer-reviewed web-sites relevant to Physics, chemistry and Biology.  There are also links to downloadable text-books and online text books.

BizNar searches the deep web for items releavant to Business and Economics.  This is a serious and comprehensive business search engine developed by Deep Web Technologies that uses a technique known as Federated Search to deliver results that Google, Bing and Yahoo do not.  There is also an app for iPhone an diPad.  


Searching for European patents may be useful in Design and Technology.


This website is aimed primarily at Geography teachers, but there will be useful resoures for students as well.  It covers KS3, KS4 and KS5.


HubMed is an alternative, third-party interface to PubMed, the database of biomedical literature produced by the National Library of Medicine.[1] Features include relevance-ranked search results, direct citation export, tagging and graphical display of related articles.  Relevant for Medicine and Psychology.


There is some discussion about the way INTECH works, but you may very well find useful books and articles here.  They cover Science, Technology and Medicine.

ScienceResearch.com is a free, publicly available deep web search engine that uses advanced "federated search technology" to return high quality results by submitting your search query - in real-time - to other well respected search engines then collating, ranking and dropping duplicates of the results. 


The Social Science Reasearch Network eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 626,800 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 522,700 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.  It covers Economics, Archeology, Business, Finance, English Literature, Music and Philosophy.


WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. WorldWideScience.org accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world.   Multilingual WorldWideScience.org provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature.


Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. Free to all members of Nottinghamshire County Council Libraries