Encyclopedias and References

All Medway Libraries' members have free online access to a wide range of encyclopedias and reference works.

Access to Research

Free online access to published academic research and scientific papers on a huge range of subjects. This online service is available from a Medway library computer.

View the Access to Research website

American National Biography Online

Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars.

View the American National Biography Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Library - Adult Edition)

A fully fact-checked online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images. You will need your library card to access from outside the library.

View the Encyclopaedia Britannica online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Library Edition - Student)

For 12 to 18-year-olds, this is a fantastic study tool bridging the gap between the junior and full editions. You will need your library card to access from outside the library. 

View the Encyclopaedia Britannic student version online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Library Edition - Junior)

For five to 11-year-olds, this is designed to help with homework, projects and general interest. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Library. You need your library card to access from outside the library.

View the Encyclopaedia Britannica junior version online

Life in the UK Test

Free online access to help you prepare for and pass the life in the UK test. This online service is available from any computer.

View the Life in the UK website 

Oxford Bibliographies

Bibliographies of the best writers, books and studies on almost any subject.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in if using a Medway Libraries' computer. 

View the Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Expert recommendations on grammar, spelling, and usage, as well as specialist dictionaries for writers, editors, proofreaders and other professionals.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in when using a Medway Libraries' computer. 

Vew the Oxford Dictionaries online

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A dictionary of famous and important people connected to the United Kingdom.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in when using a Medway Libraries' computer. 

View the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive online record of the English language, explaining the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 English words - past and present.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in if using a Medway Libraries' computer. 

View the Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Reference Online

References for subjects from Archaeology all the way to Zoology, including dictionaries for English, other languages and quotations.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in when using a Medway Libraries' computer.

View the Oxford Reference online

Very Short Introductions

Short, accurate introductions to hundreds of topics, all written by experts in that field.

Free with your library card. Your login is your library card number beginning with D or 056. 

You don’t need to log in if using a Medway libraries computer.

View the Very Short Introductions online

Which?

Which? does more than just test washing machines. They campaign to get a fairer deal for all consumers and publish expert, unbiased information to help you make the right choice, whatever you're buying.

This online resource is available only at Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham and Gillingham Library, Community Hub Gillingham

Members of the public will need to ask a member of staff for assistance to log in. 

View Which? online

World War I centenary archive

A collection of British government documents from 1914 to 1927, with key military, political and strategic documents, original reports of key events and Gazette notices of awards and commemorations.

Only available on computers in Medway libraries.

View the World War I centenary archive