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A million fully-searchable newspaper pages are waiting for you! People, politics, marriages, murders, inquests, accidents, chapels, criminals, schools and sports, all human life is here. Countrywide access from the Ipswich Journal to the Northern Echo, the Liverpool Mercury to the Western Mail. Best of all is the Derby Mercury, the nearest thing to a county newspaper we have ever had. Although published in Derby this paper was sold as far north as Sheffield. You can search a single paper or search them all. The search "Chesterfield and murder� produces twenty-seven results from the Derby Mercury but a hundred and twelve countrywide, including lurid pictures in the Illustrated Police News! This treasure chest is now available free of charge on library computers and at home to anyone with a Derbyshire library ticket. To use it at home go to and select Libraries. Click Online information from the menu on the left and then, from the databases listed, choose Infotrac newspapers. In the borrower ID box enter the letters DCC followed by your ticket number. Click on proceed and away you go. Happy hunting!
Also available free of charge on your home computer through the Library Service:
Oxford Language Dictionaries � Fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning in French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Who�s Who and Who was Who � Search for information about famous and influential people of today and from the past, going back to 1898. This was the first biographical book of its kind and is among the world�s most recognised and respected works of reference.
Oxford Reference Online � A world of information; over a hundred dictionary, language, and subject reference works. A fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of information on every subject � from astronomy to zoology.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography � More than fifty thousand biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2002. It contains no living people but includes people from all walks of life who have shaped British history world-wide.
Oxford English Dictionary � The very last word on the English language. It contains the meaning, history and pronunciation of over half a million words.
Grove Art Online � The largest encyclopedia of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Students, artists, art lovers � this is for you.
Grove Music Online � Musicians from jazz to opera; all aspects of music, its history and performance. Hear it as well as read about it!
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