There really is no such thing as a free lunch, but sometimes it feels as if there is! If you’re a member of an English public library, you have FREE access to a range of excellent online services and subscriptions that will be of use to your editorial work, including one of the world’s most trusted reference collections, Oxford Reference Online Premium (you'll need to have your library membership number handy).
My librarian told me that England’s online library resources are woefully underused – a pity, surely, as our taxes pay for them. Membership to Norfolk County Council’s library service, for example, includes access to the following online resources via a home computer:
● 19th Century British Library Newspapers
● Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Britannica Junior and Britannica Student
● Infotrac – Searchable archive of major newspapers and a selection of journals
● Oxford Art Online
● Oxford Music Online
● Oxford Reference Online Premium
● Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
● Sequels On-line
● Times Digital Archive (1785–1985)
● Who’s Who
Public library membership is free at the point of delivery, so call up your county librarian and have a chat to see what’s on offer. Editors and proofreaders are feeling the bite of the recession, too, and any tools that complement our services without demanding financial outlay have to be worth exploring.
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