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 Quick Reference

​Reference books in the library include dictionaries and thesauri, encyclopaedias, maps and atlases.
Each Library has subject strengths and specialities.
​To find all relevant resources, use LibrarySearch.

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Edinburgh City Libraries 

Edinburgh City Libraries have a great selection of reference resources available with your Library card online. These includes high quality, premium resources such as:

  •  Oxford English Dictionary Online
  •  Encyclopaedia Britannica
  •  Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  •  Who's Who - Biographical details of more than 30,000 people, in the UK and worldwide.

You must become a member of the Library to use these resources. Join Edinburgh City Libraries online.

Useful online sources

Library Catalogues

  • British Library Main Catalogue
    Search across the catalogues of 27 of the largest university / research libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library, National Libraries of Scotland and Wales and the National Art Library (V&A)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I
    Use Basic Search to search by title, author, abstract, university, class (subject), or year.
  • SUNCAT: Serials Union Catalogue
    Provides access to the serials holdings of 60 UK Libraries including the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, some of the largest Higher Education institutions in the UK and a number of specialist libraries.

Government Information

    Provides a single entry point to UK government information. Search or browse by topic, government organisation or public body.
  • The Scottish Parliament
    Information on the role and activities of the Scottish Parliament.
  • The Scottish Government
    Information on the role and activities of the Scottish Government.
  • The Scotland Office
    The Scotland Office is the Government department charged with ensuring that Scottish interests are represented within the United Kingdom Government. The website includes links to press releases, publications, speeches, and information about ministers.
  • Europa
    The official website of the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors and other bodies of the European Union.

Local Information

Maps and Atlases
  • Google Maps, Bing Maps
    Find maps by place name, street or postcode.
  • Streetmap
    Search by UK place name, street, post code, place name, OS Grid, Landranger Grid, latitute/longitude or postcode.
  • University of Wolverhampton UK Sensitive Maps
    Provides direct links to the homepages and departments of all recognised Universities, University Colleges and Higher Education Colleges in the United Kingdom

Statistical sources
  • National Statistics: the official UK statistics site
    This is the UK's home of official statistics, reflecting Britain's economy, population and society at national and local level. Summary stories and detailed data releases are published here free of charge. Search by keyword or browse by subject using the "themes" link.
  • Scottish Government Statistics
    Provides access to the statistics and data compiled by the Scottish Government. Subject coverage includes: agriculture & fisheries, crime, demographics, the economy, education, the environment, health & social welfare, transport and tourism. Search by keyword or browse by subject using the thematic headings.

Telephone Directories
  • BT Phone Book​
    UK business listings. Search by business type, location, or company name.
  • Thomson Local
    The online version of Thomson local directories, search by company name, business type, town or country. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App