24 hour reference resources

Log on to reference resources wherever you are, day or night. They're free - all you need is your library card.

These resources can be accessed by Calderdale Libraries members, either at any Calderdale library, or outside Calderdale libraries using your library card number.

What can I access?

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Driving Theory test

Using material licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test.

When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practice for the test. It contains:

  • the official practice test question bank
  • hazard perception video clips
  • an online version of the Highway Code.
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Life in the UK

GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test:

When you first use GoCitizen.co.uk, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows GoCitizen.co.uk to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practice for the test. It includes:

  • an online version of the latest official study materials
  • hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

Britannica online and Oxford Reference publications

The Encyclopaedia Britannica and Oxford Reference publications can be accessed at any Calderdale library PC.

Alternatively, you can access the websites from your home PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone:

For Encyclopaedia Britannica - enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R at the beginning) into the 'Card Number' box on screen and select 'Log in'.

For Oxford Reference - enter the word calderdale  followed by your Calderdale library card number (without the R at the beginning) into the 'Card Number' box on screen and select 'Log in'

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Britannica Online

The Encyclopaedia Britannica contains over 73,000 articles and is organised on three levels so you can find what you need to know, whatever your age.

Alongside the articles are videos, images, quotations, timelines and statistics, to provide a complete and authoritative answer to your search. You can cite your source with confidence!

Oxford Reference publications

This is a collection of reference publications provided by the Oxford University Press:

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  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Around 600,00 words, includes blog links, audio pronunciation, puzzles, games and grammar help;
  • Oxford dictionaries
    Dictionaries covering 9 languages – and so much more. Test and improve your language skills; get help with grammar, audio pronunciation and letter writing; pick up useful tips. Choose from Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish;
  • Oxford Reference
    a vast online reference library of 240 Oxford publications, including thesauri, quotations, and timelines, subject based dictionaries from medicine to history, and language dictionaries such as French, Spanish, German, Welsh and Irish;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    over 59,000 biographies and 11,00 portraits of people no longer with us - new lives are added every year.
  • Oxford Bibliographies: British & Irish Literature and Victorian Literature
    Research guides combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopaedia. Lead researchers to the best available scholarship in these two subject areas.

  • Very Short Introductions
    These fascinating introductions cover key issues in relation to each of the 10 subjects included. For each subject, there are between 6 and 10 ‘chapters’. Helpfully, each chapter has an abstract at the beginning, summarising its content. Subjects covered are: British Politics, Contemporary Art, Drugs, The Earth, History, Management, Mathematics, Nutrition, Planets and Twentieth Century Britain.


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Who's Who

Who's Who is a long-established directory of noteworthy and influential people in the UK. In book format, it is produced annually, while this online version is continually updated.

When using the resource at home, enter the word calderdale, followed by your Calderdale library card number (without the R), in the 'Library card login' box and select 'Go'.

The directory also includes Who Was Who, which contains over 100,000 entries from the archives of Who's Who, dating back to 1897.

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19th Century British newspapers

A wide range of newspapers from 19th Century Britain are available on 19th Century Newspapers .

The site includes regional newspapers, such as the Leeds Mercury (which covered what is now Calderdale), Bradford Observer, Huddersfield Chronicle and Northern Star. Use the site to see if any of your ancestors are included, especially if they had a political background or were found to be on the wrong side of the law!

The site can be accessed from a Calderdale Library PC, or from home. If at home, enter your Calderdale library card number (without the R) in the box which appears. Then select 'Proceed'.

Top tip: when searching for a phrase or a 2 worded place-name, use apostrophes. For example, 'Hebden Bridge'.

Other online library resources

From within our libraries, you can also access Ancestry and Find My Past.

Join Calderdale libraries

Membership of Calderdale libraries gives you access to our 24 hour reference resources, plus all our other services in 22 libraries around Calderdale: Join the library

For more information on Calderdale Libraries Reference and Information Services resources, contact Reference and Information Services.