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Reference Online

Devon Libraries provides you with free access to a range of online information resources.

Available from any Devon Library

Access to Research

Access to the full text of millions of articles and academic papers published in a wide range of leading academic journals.

Ancestry Library Edition

Thousands of sources of information and records to help research your family history including censuses and birth, marriage and death indexes.

BFI screenonline

Online encyclopaedia of British film and television from the British Film Institute, featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips.


A comprehensive collection of UK industry market research and industry risk ratings. This resource is one of a range of services provided by our Devon Business and IP Centre. Available in Barnstaple Library only.


Market research reports for the UK, covering a range of industry sectors. This resource is one of a range of services provided by our Devon Business and IP Centre. Available in Exeter Library only.

Which? Online

Consumer product reports and advice guides. Only available in libraries with a subscription to the printed Which? Magazine. Please check availability with your local library.

Available from any location

You will need your library card number to access these services if using them on your own computer or other device. 

COBRA (Complete Online Business Reference Adviser)
An online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports. This resource is one of a range of services provided by our Devon Business and IP Centre. 

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
Digitised images of posters, handbills, broadsides, pamphlets, book and journal prospectuses, popular topographical prints, and printed advertising material from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Naxos Music Library
The entire Naxos catalogue of classical music CDs, available to listen online.

Oxford Bibliographies
Access to the Oxford Bibliographies of British and Irish Literature and Oxford Bibliographies of Victorian Literature. 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Thousands of biographies and portraits of the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond. 

Oxford Dictionaries
English and Spanish dictionaries and language resources, including thesauruses, grammar and style guides. 

Oxford English Dictionary
The largest English language dictionary available, tracing the history and meaning of more than 600,000 words. 

Oxford Reference Online
A large online reference library of subject dictionaries, encyclopaedias and companion guides published by Oxford University Press. 

Oxford Very Short Introductions
10 books providing an overview of a specific subject, such as The Earth, Planets, Twentieth-Century Britain, Contemporary Art. 

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